Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to have a green thumb? If so, Cornell Cooperative Extension would like to hear about it.
Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to have a green thumb?
If so, Cornell Cooperative Extension would like to hear about it. The service is seeking master gardener candidates, particularly from Ticonderoga, Crown Point and Schroon Lake areas.
“Cornell Cooperative Extension is recruiting master gardener volunteers for Essex County,” Linda Gillilland, who leads the program in Essex County, said. “We are searching for master gardener volunteers who enjoy working with youth and seniors. We also highly encourage gardeners who live in the southern end of our county — Schroon, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, etc. — to apply.
“Master gardener volunteers receive an in depth training in a variety of horticultural topics,” she said. “In return, master gardener volunteers contribute a minimum of 50 hours per year as part of their program commitment. The purpose of the master gardener program is to train volunteers who will then teach others how to protect the environment and grow plants more effectively.”
Applications for the master gardener program are due June 1. Training starts Sept. 9. For more information or for an application contact Gillilland at 962-4810 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be interviewed this summer. Master gardeners will be selected based on their availability, willingness to volunteer, communication skills and background in gardening.
There is a $200 cost for the program, which includes 50 hours of training.
The master gardener program is a national effort.
“In our region, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties have a master gardener program which Amy Ivy oversees with the help of our horticulture educators in each county, Jolene Wallace in Clinton County and myself in Essex County,” Gillilland said. “This is a lot more than just an in-depth course in gardening. The purpose of the program is to train volunteers who will then teach others what they have learned, using a wide range of teaching methods.”
Being a master gardener is demanding, Gillilland said.
“There is a considerable volunteer commitment of 50 hours a year, but those who are able to fit in the time say it’s an excellent way to learn more about their favorite topic (gardening) while helping others,” she said.
This fall’s master gardener training sessions will be held in Keeseville. Once training is complete, master gardeners work in their own communities. Master gardeners are expected to give informal talks and workshops on gardening topics.
The training sessions will be practical and hands-on, with an emphasis on trouble-shooting, prevention and environmentally-friendly methods of plant health care, Gillilland said. Topics will include cool season gardening; composting; ecological lawn care; selecting, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs; soil management; and trouble-shooting plant problems.