Here is your chance to take a basic horticulture college course from horticulture experts at the University of Minnesota and to share your gardening knowledge and experience with others. You can do so by applying now until Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. 

Individuals accepted for the program will start an internship that begins with a 48 hour Master Gardener Core Course the second week of January, 2020. There are two ways to take the course. One is to take it online between January and May. The other option is to take it in-person at eight sessions on Fridays and Saturdays in January and early February at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum near Chanhassen. Or, it can be taken in a combination of these two options.

Following the core course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer time in their first year by working with other local master gardeners and/or on your own on a variety of projects that inform the public about gardening and horticulture. In Kanabec County, some of these projects are the Fall for All workshop, Mora Community Garden, Fairgrounds Discovery Gardens, community education classes, Gardening is Science elementary school curriculum, County Fair booth, plant sale and others. 

After completing the first-year internship, an intern becomes certified as a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener. To remain certified, they must complete 25 volunteer hours and five or more education hours annually. 

There is a fee for the core course. Partial scholarships are available.  

To apply, contact the Kanabec County Coordinator’s Office at the Kanabec County Courthouse in Mora at 320-679-6440 or email joh15147@umn.edu

 

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