MACHIAS — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will again offer Master Gardener Volunteer Training starting Tuesday, Jan. 11. The Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to conduct gardening education programs in their communities. Participants receive 40 hours of intensive gardening training.
The training will be held Tuesday mornings at the Adult Learning Center (former SAD 77 administrative offices) in East Machias, from January through March. There will also be some Saturday classes in Cherryfield and Ellsworth. This year’s training focuses on growing vegetables, tree fruits and small fruits.
After successfully completing the training, each Master Gardener is required to volunteer 40 hours working on an educational gardening project. A major statewide volunteer effort will be put into the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program this year. This is a “people helping people” program to assist in feeding the homeless and hungry in our own community. Other gardening projects by Master Gardeners include public workshops, educational displays, gardening with schoolchildren and demonstration gardens.
For information, or to request an application for the program, call the Washington County Extension officer in Machias, 255-3345 or 800-287-1542. The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000.