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New Master Gardener class begins Jan. 10

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The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the popular Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Jan. 10, 2012. The program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.
Classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon each Tuesday from Jan. 10 through May 1, 2012, at the Brunswick County Extension Center in the Government Complex in Bolivia.
Course participants will receive more than 40 hours of training in a variety of subjects, such as coastal soils, composting, fertilizers, adjusting soil pH, lawn care, landscape plants, fruit and vegetable gardening, indoor plant care, insect and pest management, plant disease management, integrated pest management, and safe pesticide use.
Upon completion of the training course, participants will be required to provide 20 hours of volunteer time within a year of completing the training course.
This 20 hours of volunteer time will be performed at the Brunswick County Extension Center by providing home garden and landscape information to Brunswick County residents and attending to telephone calls and/or clients visiting the office.
Following successful completion of the required volunteer hours, participants will be certified as Extension Master Gardener Volunteers by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Subsequent years require 40 hours of volunteer time to retain “certified” Master Gardener status.
Cost of the course is $160, which covers the cost of an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Reference Notebook and other class materials and expenses.
An application must be completed and returned to the Cooperative Extension Service. For an application form, contact the Cooperative Extension Service at 253-2610. The application is also available online at www.brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu under the Lawn and Garden section.
Class size is limited due to space, activities and the need for interactive sessions. Ability to volunteer during normal business hours will be a key component for selection. The course is ideal for beginners, as well as advanced gardeners who want to enhance their gardening skills and use this knowledge to serve their community.
A shorter course, Day in the Yard, will also be offered for those not able to commit to the full course requirement.