If you want to learn more about growing plants, eager to participate in a practical and comprehensive training program, look forward to sharing your knowledge with people in your community and have time to attend the training sessions and serve as a volunteer we strongly encourage you to apply!
- As an Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Trainee, you will receive more than 40 hours instruction on many topics including annuals; perennials; fruits; vegetables; lawns; shrubs; trees; insects; diseases; weeds; soils; plant nutrition; and water conservation.
- Upon completion of the course and passing an examination you will become a Master Gardenersm Volunteer Intern and return 40 hours of volunteer service through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Buncombe County Center. This internship offers a number of volunteer opportunities and can include answering garden questions on the telephone, conducting plant clinics, giving demonstrations, maintaining a demonstration area or participating in other educational activities.
- Once the training and internship are complete you become a Certified Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer and are positioned to continue learning as well as share your knowledge by helping homeowners make environmentally responsible decisions in their gardens and landscapes.
The 13 week training program will begin January 20, 2015 and run through April 14, 2015. Classes will be on Tuesdays, Noon – 4:00 pm. A tuition fee of $120 covers the cost of materials and the training manual. Application deadline is Oct. 24, 2014. Space is limited. Interviews will be conducted in November followed by acceptance notification in December. To learn more about the EMGV Program, please click here, or call 255-5522, or make plans to attend The Introduction to the Master Gardener Program on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4 – 5 pm at the Buncombe County Extension Center, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville.
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