The Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service is looking for dedicated individuals to participate in the 2011 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. The training is an intensive overview of horticultural practices for beginning and advanced gardeners. No experience is necessary to apply for the program. Once the training is completed, participants then have one year to contribute 40 hours of volunteer service to the community. Past volunteer projects include maintaining community gardens, growing transplants for school gardens, teaching children's gardening programs, and developing horticultural factsheets for the Cooperative Extension office.
The 2011 course meets weekly beginning on Thursday, February 17th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Lectures and hands-on activities in basic botany, plant propagation, soils and composting, insects, diseases, weeds, pruning, vegetables and ornamentals will be covered. The course fee is $ 115 and includes a comprehensive training manual and additional materials throughout the course. Two reduced-fee scholarships are also available to qualifying individuals. Anyone interested in the program should complete an application form by January 28, 2011.