The Master Gardener Program is accepting applications, with the deadline quickly approaching on Dec. 1. If you want to learn about joining it, please visit us during our open house at the University of California Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.
Sponsored by the UCCE, the program is a volunteer service organization whose primary goal is to extend research-based information produced by the University of California, focusing on sustainable gardening and landscape practices for the home gardener.
Master Gardeners are community members who love gardening and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge with others. After an initial interview process, volunteers are trained by Cooperative Extension experts in horticulture and plant science. The classes cover a range of gar dening topics including basic botany, plant propagation, soils and composting, plant and insect identification and control strategies, and diagnosing plant problems.
In return for the educational training, Master Gardeners commit to volunteer 50 hours of their time in the first year following the training, and 12 additional hours to continue their education.
A Master Gardener’s primary role is to teach others, either in groups or individually, how to solve gardening issues using science-based gardening practices recommended by the UC. Master Garden ers often volunteer at community events, farmers markets, in their Demonstration Garden, as a mentor to teachers and parents who work with school gardens or in the Helpline. Continuing education programs, such as classes, field trips, and garden tours help Master Gardeners fulfill their required education credits.
The 2012 training program will be held in San Luis Obispo on Thursdays from mid-February through mid-June from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information contact the UCCE Master Gardeners at 781-5939 on Monday and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.; in Arroyo Grande at 473-7190 on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon; or in Templeton at 434-4105 on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Applications and more information about the Master Gardener training and commitment are available online at http://groups.ucanr.org/slomg/ or email mgsan firstname.lastname@example.org . GOT A GARDENING QUESTION?
Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at 781-5939 on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. in San Luis Obispo; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon in Arroyo Grande; or at 434-4105 on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners Web site at groups.ucanr.org /slomg or e-mail email@example.com .