Master gardener applications now available
ST. PAUL — Applications to become a University of Minnesota Extension master gardener are being accepted now through Oct. 1.
Gardening enthusiasts in Nobles County are encouraged to apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension master gardener. Extension master gardeners bring science-based horticulture knowledge and practices to Minnesota, promoting healthy landscapes and building communities through their volunteer efforts.
Master gardener volunteers are respected as reliable sources of gardening information for Minnesotans. Becoming a master gardener gives volunteers a chance to expand their interests in areas including sustainability, local foods, pollinators and climate change. Master gardeners also put their skills to work conserving green spaces, native plants and clean water.
This year, the training will be all online and spread out over 14 weeks. To become a master gardener, individuals commit to complete online training and 50 hours of volunteering in the first year. After the first year, they commit 25 hours to annual volunteer work; many choose to devote more time to the program.
Currently, Nobles County does not have a local leadership group to coordinate volunteer activities. To provide access to Nobles County residents interested in becoming master gardeners, a statewide volunteer group option is being introduced. Volunteers-at-large will receive guidance and support from a state program Extension educator through Zoom meetings, conference calls and email. They will have the opportunity to participate in numerous volunteer activities like planting a learning garden, answering gardening questions from the Yard and Garden Line, and sharing science-based gardening tips through educational webinars.
Learn more about becoming an Extension master gardener by visiting extension.umn.edu/master-Gardener and apply at z.umn.edu/mg2021app, or contact the Nobles County Extension office at firstname.lastname@example.org.