Penn State Extension Master Gardener Training Class

Penn State Extension Master Gardener Training Class for 2017-2018 to begin in October.

Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program in Fayette County is Accepting Applications

Do you have a strong interest in gardening? Are you a life-long learner? Do you want to help others and share your gardening enthusiasm and knowledge? Then consider becoming a Penn State Master Gardener.

Penn State Extension in Fayette County is now accepting applications for the 2017/2018 Penn State Master Gardener program. This program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others. An Informational meeting will be held Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7:00 pm, at the Extension office, 34 W. Peter Street, Uniontown (in the Federal Building, 2nd floor). Weekly classes start October 4, 2017 and end March 7, 2018. Classes will be held at the Extension office.

After completion of the instructional classes, candidates must agree to volunteer 50 hours to the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program during the first year. In subsequent years 20 hours of volunteer time and 10 hours of continuing education are required. Master Gardener volunteer activities currently include monitoring pollinator gardens, consultations on various public gardens throughout the county, answering garden related questions on the Garden Hotline, planting and maintaining flowers at the county fairground, and teaching about plants in the schools, among others.

There is a program fee of $175.00 to cover the cost of training materials and expenses. Applications are being accepted through September 2017. If interested please contact your local Master Gardener Coordinator, Valerie Sesler, 724-438-0111 or vvs2@psu.edu.