October 25, 2018 - 9:15am -- bennett.709

Beginning February 7, 2019, a Master Gardener Volunteer training will be offered to residents of Miami and surrounding counties.  The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides broad instruction in horticulture for enthusiasts of any skill level or interest who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Training will be held every Thursday from 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Feb 7 – April 11, 2019. The sessions will be held at the Ohio State University Extension office, 201 W. Main St. Troy, Ohio, located on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse.  The cost of the course is $150 and applications are due December 21 ($50 due with application; balance due a week before class begins). Applications after the deadline are $50 extra.

In addition to the training, a Master Gardener certification will be awarded after the completion of 50 volunteer hours at OSUE sponsored projects or approved activities of their choice. Recent events include: Piqua School’s Garden Tribe, Miami County in Bloom Garden Tour, researching and responding to horticulture questions from the public, teaching gardening techniques to adults or children and other special projects. There are many opportunities to obtain hours either with a “hands-in-the-dirt” group project or as a “behind-the-scenes” individual contributor supporting non-physical activities. To maintain annual certification, Master Gardener Volunteers are asked to provide at least twenty hours of service and complete at least ten hours of continuing education annually.

You may request an application by contacting the OSU Extension Office in Miami County at 937-440-3945 or by downloading one online at go.osu.edu/miamimgv2019. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to increase your horticultural knowledge, develop wonderful new friendships, and share your knowledge with others.