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Friday, September 11, 2015

Become a Master Gardener! Deadline for applications Oct. 1

Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Educator - Horticulture

Extension Master Gardener Betsy Massie
leads a group of Gopher Adventurers in the
U of M Horticultural Science Garden.
With my mother's encouragement, I became an Extension Master Gardener in 1997. I was interested in plants and enjoyed sharing what I knew with others. That first step as an Extension volunteer paved the way for me toward a career in University of Minnesota Extension.

Not everyone needs to make a job change to get involved with home horticulture and helping others. Extension Master Gardeners  are volunteers and the "extension" of Extension. There are over 2500 Master Gardeners in Minnesota and nearly 100,000 nationwide. Master Gardeners are from all walks of life and volunteer on behalf of their university. They are eager to share best practices in gardening with people in their community, and they promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives. Becoming a certified Master Gardener entails completing a university-taught core course and contributing a certain number of hours each year to teaching research-based horticulture practices in their communities.

Interested? Contact your county Extension office or the state Master Gardener office
for an application and more information. Deadline for applications is October 1. 

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