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Master Gardener Volunteer Training Offered

Sep 29, 2011

WSU Extension Master Gardeners need you! WSU trains local Master Gardener Volunteers to provide public education to the Okanogan and Ferry County communities. Master Gardeners answer the public's questions about home horticulture and landscaping topics - evaluating plant and insect samples, making plant selection suggestions, and distributing other reliable, research-based information.

Volunteers are provided with a 16-week training course on topics ranging from soil fertility to growing vegetables to landscape design, and in return are asked to give 40 volunteer service hours in the first year. Each following year, to remain active, Master Gardeners give 25 service hours and 10 hours of continuing education classes. Volunteers donate time to the plant diagnosis clinic, work at one of the local Demonstration Gardens, provide public community education classes, raise funds through the annual Plant Sale, and other activities.

If you have some time to spare and would like to serve your community, while increasing your gardening knowledge and skills, you really should consider becoming a WSU Master Gardener. If you'd like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact the WSU Okanogan County Extension Office at (509) 422-7245 as soon as possible. Ferry County and Colville Reservation residents are invited to train in Okanogan County as well. Volunteer interviews will begin soon, and the next training class begins in January 2012. We look forward to serving with you!

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