Sign up for Master Gardener training

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Gardeners never stop learning, growing and giving. That’s what it means to be a master gardener. If you enjoy learning and giving back as a volunteer, consider becoming a master gardener in 2022.

Now is the time to apply and secure your place for the 2022 training. The training will take place as a hybrid model as well as an online option. Both Cottonwood offices will host on-site training (located at 3007 10th St. in Great Bend and 601 Main in Hays) for people who want to train with others. The training costs $80 with an optional $45 printed book available for purchase, but background materials will also be provided during the trainings. When registering, please indicate whether you prefer in person or online so that we can accommodate your preferences.

Master Gardeners are K-State Research & Extension volunteers who enjoy growing their own plants and gardens while sharing their skills and knowledge with the community around them to help others grow. Master Gardening is a wonderful way to enrich your life and the lives of others.

The decision to become a master gardener can be very rewarding. It’s a decision to take your knowledge of horticulture to the next level, and it’s also a commitment to finding creative ways to make a difference in our community while sharing that knowledge with the people and places around you.

Training is just one of the big benefits. Master gardeners receive a 40+ hour horticulture training course from K-State extension specialists and county extension officers. The basic training is a great starting point for gardening beginners, but it’s also in-depth enough to apply to gardeners of any skill level. Other benefits of being a master gardener include the camaraderie of people who share similar passions, ongoing support of horticulture through K-State research and extension, and occasional visits to places of interest. horticultural interest.

Upon completion of training, Master Gardeners pass on their knowledge to the community to share with others in unique and meaningful ways. First-year Master Gardeners volunteer for 40 hours and in subsequent years commit to spending only 20 hours remaining active.

The Master Gardener volunteer time can be chosen from current Master Gardener projects and can also be tailored to individual abilities and interests. Master Gardeners are encouraged to find their creativity in finding ways to impact the community. Some of the activities that many master gardeners like to volunteer in include: the demonstration garden, gardening with the kids, county fairs, educational garden tours and events, and booths at public events.

If you are interested in joining the program or have questions regarding any of this information, call the K-State Research and Extension office. Registration or class is open and can be completed by going to https://bit.ly/3bjAqF2 or by calling either office. The Great Bend office can be reached at 620-793-1910 and the Ellis County office at 785-628-9430. Registration is due by August 26. We look forward to hearing from you!

Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Officer at K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her by email at [email protected] or call 620-793-1910.

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