When Arkansas moved abroad, interest in gardening increased, and that interest did not seem to be waning.
The Arkansas Master’s Gardeners Program, part of the University of Arkansas’ Department of Agriculture, continues to be the state’s largest fruit and vegetable volunteer and educational organization. Registration for the Spring Online Training, which begins on September 22, is now open.
This year’s training will be held on September 22, September 29, October 6, October 20 and October 27, with five sessions from 8:30 am-5pm.
It costs $ 75 and includes 40 hours of training and a major horticultural book, according to a news release.
The training includes basic plant, soil and fertilizer, pest control and pest control.
In addition, there will be lectures on landscape design, horticulture, annual and other topics of interest to other homeowners. Each new main gardener is also paired with a councilor in their county.
“Our consultants are the ones who set this volunteer program apart,” said Extraordinary Consumer Veterinary Instructor Bernie Kurz. They provide guidance to new gardeners and help answer questions.
Volunteering is essential to many cooperative expansion programs, including major gardeners. Members will complete a 40-hour volunteer service after training. They complete 20 school hours and 20 hours of community service each year to maintain membership.
The communities around Arkansas have benefited greatly from the work of gardeners in public gardens, parks and other public places. ” You can see the work of the main gardeners in almost every district in the state.
In 1988, with only four counties and 40 members, the Arkansas Master Gardener Program now has 3,200 volunteers in 67 counties.
Contact the county representative at the County Cooperative Expansion Service Office for a program application. The county directory is available at https://www.uaex.uada.edu/counties/.
For more information about the program in Arkansas, visit www.uaex.uada.edu/master-gardeners. To learn more about other extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Expansion Service representative or visit uaex.uada.edu. Follow the agency on Twitter at @AR_Extension.