Applications now being accepted for the 2022 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Certification Training

Do you enjoy gardening and talking with others about it? Do you have a passion for making a difference in your community? If so, consider becoming a part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers!

The Extension Master Gardener volunteers are an outreach group part of N.C. Cooperative Extension and N.C. State University. These volunteers serve their community by sharing research-based information on horticulture-related issues and community beautification projects.

To become a certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer, individuals receive horticulture and plant science training from their local Cooperative Extension Center through a 13-week course given by a variety of local speakers and Extension personnel. New volunteers are encouraged to participate in various other activities and events throughout the year.

Some of these events include: hosting a community Flower and Garden Show each spring, an annual Fall Plant Sale, maintaining a local landscape demonstration garden, propagating and managing a greenhouse full of different plant varieties, presenting educational programs, and partnering with local 4-H horticulture clubs and elementary schools.

The Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Currituck County is currently accepting applications for interested individuals. Course classes begin on Thursday, September 1, 2022, and will meet at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917 every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ending on December 13, 2022.

The fee for the class is $70.00, which includes state fees, a name tag, a soil sample test, and other course supplies. All class materials can be accessed online free of charge. If you would like a hardcopy coursebook, the fee will be $130.00.

Books can also be purchased separately online using the following link: My Gardening Handbook.

Sign up today online using Eventbrite. We are accepting cash and check payments in addition to paying via credit card through Eventbrite. Please, make checks payable to NCSU. Checks and cash payments can be received at the Currituck Extension Office located at 120 Community Way Barco, NC 27917, within 5 days of registration.

Class size is limited and full registration, including payment, is required to hold your spot. If you have any problems registering please feel free to call us at 252-232-2261, and we will walk you through the process. After signing up, applicants must complete the Master Gardener Volunteer application. Completed applications must be submitted no later than August 20, 2022. Those with a strong interest in both gardening and their community are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people and willing to share their knowledge with both new and experienced gardeners.  For more information or accommodations for persons with disabilities please contact Chris Blaha at 252-232-2262 or, no later than five business days before the course begins.

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