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Putnam Master Gardener program accepting applications

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 08:35 PM

WINFIELD — The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is accepting applications for the 2013 Putnam County Master Gardener Program.

This service organization program 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. Starting in September, there will be 10, three-hour night classes held weekly.

Those interested in participating should attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Old Winfield Courthouse.

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 projects with the teachers and students of the Putnam County school system; and assisting WVU Extension Service with farmers markets and Putnam County Fair activities.     

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, call the WVU Extension office, located in the Old Winfield Courthouse, at 304-586-0217.

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