The Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program conducts a 15-week training program once every two years. The next program will be conducted January – April 2015. Classes will be taught once a week, on Thursdays, from 9:00 – 12:30 at the Durham County Extension Office, 721 Foster Street. In order to apply to the program, you must:
- Attend one information session
- Submit your application by November 7, 2014
- If you are selected, pay the $120 registration fee by December 31. This fee convers all of your books and materials for the training session.
- September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
- September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
- September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
- October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
- October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
What Are Extension Master Gardener Volunteers?
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program began in North Carolina in 1979, and has grown to 88 programs in counties across our state. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are trained to help connect North Carolinians with the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed at North Carolina A&T University and NC State University. Durham County Extension has nearly 100 volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program. They help Durham residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain Durham’s community garden at Briggs Avenue.
Once interns have completed their initial training, Extension Master Gardeners volunteer forty hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts. To find out more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, visit http://www.ncstategardening.org or plan to attend an upcoming information session. call 929-560-0528 to register for an information session.
During the summer, this blog will feature some of the many ways Master Gardener Volunteers contribute to the community.