The Fayette County Master Gardener Volunteers are seeking those interested in becoming a volunteer to participate in their upcoming MGV Class being offered beginning in January 2016.
Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to those interested who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; however, a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!
Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.
We are Ohio State University Extension trained volunteers empowered to educate others with timely research-based gardening information
* Integrated pest management (focuses on teaching and demonstrating IPM techniques in the garden and landscape)
* Invasive species (focuses on teaching our clientele about the potential damage that invasive species might cause to the environment, and managing/eradicating invasive species)
* Backyard and local foods (focuses on community gardens, local food councils/policies, urban agriculture/farms, and teaching and demonstrating how to grow vegetables)
* Environmental horticulture (focuses on a wide variety of horticulture programs including storm water management, rain gardens, good plant selection practices, demonstration gardens, and more)
How do I know if I’d make a good Master Gardener Volunteer?
You could qualify to be an Ohio Master Gardener if:
* You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
* You are eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program.
* You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
* You have the time to attend training and serve your community as a volunteer educator.
When will the MGV training take place?
Trainings will be held every Thursday evening, and will take course over 10 weeks, from January to late March. There will also be two Saturday tours in March that will be scheduled. Topics of trainings range from basic botany to soils to integrated pest management and will be taught by Master Gardeners, as well as Extension professionals from across the state.
If you are interested in joining the class or for more information, contact Courtney Michael at the Fayette County Extension Office at 740-335-1150, or visit our website at http://fayette.osu.edu/program-areas/master-gardener-volunteers.