Gardener program accepting applications
WINFIELD -- Want to make your green thumb greener and serve the community at the same time? The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is now accepting applications for the 2014 Putnam County Master Gardener Program.
The program to become part of this service organization consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with the information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others, according to a news release from the extension service.
Those interested in participating should attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m.on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Old Winfield Courthouse.
Starting in September, there will be 10, three-hour night classes once a week. In exchange for 30 hours of indoor and outdoor instruction, candidates must agree to donate 30 hours of volunteer service to West Virginia University Extension Service.
Volunteer activities currently carried out by Master Gardeners in Putnam County include participation in community gardens to provide vegetables for the local food bank; gardening programs with the teachers and students of the Putnam County school system; and assisting WVU Extension Service with Farmers' Markets and Putnam County Fair activities.
Last year, the Putnam County Master Gardeners assisted nearly 1,000 students in garden- based learning programs.
There is a program fee of $85 to cover the cost of the training manual and other materials. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 1.
For more information and to receive an application, contact the West Virginia University Extension office, located in the Old Winfield Courthouse, by calling 304-586-0217.
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