What We Do – Training

 

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Master Gardener Volunteers attend a 15 week training course comparable to a university horticulture course. Sessions are taught by Extension Agents, university professors, and experienced Master Gardeners. New Interns work with Mentors while providing volunteer service. After completing the training, initial year’s volunteer hours, and continuing education, interns become certified as Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

Interested candidates must attend one of the remaining required free information sessions in September or October (training starts in January) at the Durham County Extension office at 721 Foster Street:

  • 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

Call 919-560-0525 to register. Training classes will be held on Thursdays, from 9-12:30, January 15 – April 30th (with May 7 & 14 as makeup dates) at the Foster Street office. Applicants must attend one information session, submit their application by November 1, 2014 and if selected, pay the $120 registration fee by December 31.

Educational Opportunities, Week of 9/15/14

Getting Dirty Radio Show
Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 pm on WCOM FM 103.5  It can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org. – Planting Trees and Botanical Gardens —History and Future – Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, wants to plant trees.  Harold Johnson interviews Ken Moore, 32-year veteran of the NC Botanical Garden.

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Canker Worm Workshop
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC (Map)
Canker worms are becoming a growing problem in Durham. They are those nuisance inch worms that appear in the spring and defoliate the trees. To combat this problem there will be a series of workshops to demonstrate how and when to wrap a barrier around you tree to get the biggest impact, learn when and how to glue, and when to remove the barrier so that you don’t girdle the trees
Class is free / registration is required.
Contact: Pana Jones 919-560-0525 prjones2@ncsu.edu

(For more information about cankerworms, please see this article from the Durham Herald-Sun, published in 2013) An additional Cankerworm Workshop will be held 9/22/14

Information Session for 2015 Master Gardener Training
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC
Have you considered becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Attendance at one of the information sessions is a requirement to apply for the training program. Free/ Registration is required. 919-560-0525

 

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What Master Gardeners Do – Our Office

Extension Master Gardeners staff an office at 721 Foster Street to help homeowners with gardening questions.  Pictured below, Master Gardeners work with Extension Horticultural Agent Michelle Wallace to diagnose tomato problems brought in by a Durham resident.IMG_0473

The office is an interesting place to volunteer, since you never know what kinds of questions you’ll hear. Sometimes there are are easy answers, while other problems require research and collaboration.

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• 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

Call 919-560-0525 to register for an information session.

Educational Opportunities, Week of 9/8/14

Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show 
September 9, 2:00 pm on WCOM 103.5. This week: Planting Trees and Botanical Gardens —History and Future – Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, wants to plant trees.  Harold Johnson interviews Ken Moore, 32-year veteran of the NC Botanical Garden. Can be heard live every Tuesday or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org
Information Session for 2015 Durham County Master Gardener Training
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC

Have you considered becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Attendance at one of the information sessions is a requirement to apply for the training program. Free/ Registration is required. 919-560-0525

Canker Worm Workshop
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
Where: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC
Canker worms are becoming a growing problem in Durham. They are those nuisance inch worms that appear in the spring and defoliate the trees. To combat this problem there will be a series of workshops to demonstrate how and when to wrap a barrier around you tree to get the biggest impact, learn when and how to glue, and when to remove the barrier so that you don’t girdle the trees.
Class is free / registration is required. Contact 919-668-1707

Cool Season Vegetables
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Durham County Public Library, South Regional branch, 4505 South Alston Ave., Durham, NC
Yes, we can grow roots and shoots in the cool season here in Durham County. Learn how grow veggies in the late fall & early spring. Learn how to plan your garden & manage plants for maximum productivity. Presented by Faye McNaull & Lynne Nelson. Class is free, registration is required 919-560-7410

What Master Gardeners Do – Media Edition

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• 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

Master Gardeners do more than just answer questions in person. Our volunteers use various media outlets to share information. Here are a few:

Durham Master Gardeners who enjoy writing can submit articles to our wonderful newsletter. Each month, editors Kit Flynn and Barbara Goodman collect submissions, write, and put together an interesting publication. The September 2014 issue can be found here.

In addition, this blog accepts submissions and suggestions from volunteers. We welcome short, research-based articles of general interest to anyone growing plants in the Triangle area.

Master Gardener Volunteers have a weekly radio show, Getting Dirty with the Durham County Extension Master Gardeners. The show airs every Tuesday at 2 PM on WCOM 103.5 FM. The Getting Dirty team of Lise Jenkins, Harold Johnson, and Charles Murphy, discuss a variety of topics each week. In this photo, Harold is at the mic.

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Durham Master Gardeners also create videos. In this YouTube channel, Durham County volunteers produced these videos for the Soil Solutions curriculum for teachers. Our volunteers have also produced video content for the NC A&T Community Gardens channel on YouTube.

There are many exciting ways to get involved with the community as an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!