2018 Classes Start in January in Burke County

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Fall is upon us and plans are in the making for the 2018 Extension Master Gardener class that starts in January. The Extension Master Gardeners organization is an international volunteer group that was started to help Extension horticulture agents handle the tremendous numbers of calls and activities that take place in the growing season. The plan was to train a group of volunteers that could take some of the strain off of the agent by providing them with a good, basic gardening education that they could use to help out during the busy months.

It has become so much more! Extension Master Gardeners are renowned and respected worldwide as a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic group that is dedicated to making the world a more garden-friendly place to live. Burke County Extension Master Gardeners have shown that they are up to the task and are involved in garden projects all over the county. They are truly making Burke County a better place to live.

The thirteen-week training starts in mid-January at the Burke County Agricultural Building. It meets on Wednesdays from 9:00 until noon. Classes are both lecture and hands-on and many knowledgeable speakers come to work with the class. After completion of the class, each new Extension Master Gardener is required to give forty hours of volunteer time to the Extension horticulture program during the next year. Volunteer hours can be earned in a multitude of ways and there are always activities to satisfy every interest. Class size is limited and applications are being taken now. If you would like more information or would like to have an application, call our office at 828-764-9480.

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