(BEDFORD) - If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your
knowledge with others, Purdue University Lawrence County Extension Office has the ideal program for you.
Beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training
series will be offered for residents of Lawrence County and surrounding areas.
The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for
participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. ln turn,
participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by
sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Training Will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Community Building at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The trainings start with an orientation on September 3, and continue every Tuesday evening thru November 26. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Materials and expenses for the series of classes oost $130.00 that includes a $25 deposit that is returned when you have completed the class and 35 hours of volunteer time. This expense fee covers such items as manual, reference material, mailings, and name badges. These
materials all become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection.
While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Some of these projects include
staffing information booths at gardenini;T events, teaching public education classes, speaking, to
local clubs and organizationsl and hands-on demonstration gardens.
If you'd like an application to join our league of volunteers or have questions about the program,
give Dave Redman, Lawrence County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator a
call at 812-275-4623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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