Extension Master Gardener Program Accepting Applicants for 2021 Training

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Looking for a way to up your gardening game and give back to the community? The Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Durham County conducts a 15-week training program once every two years. The next program will be conducted from August – December 2021. Classes are held once a week, on Thursdays, from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Durham County office, 721 Foster Street, or online as necessary. In order to apply to the program you must:

1. Attend one information session (dates listed below).

2. Submit your application and soil sample by May 17, 2021.

3. If you are selected, pay the $120 registration fee by July 14, 2021.

The fee covers training materials.

Info Sessions

To begin the process, attend one required information session conducted at the Durham County office at 721 Foster Street. Please note, meeting method may be changed according to restrictions at the time.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2–3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 10–11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 6–7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 30, 3–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 4, 10–11 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 6, 6–7 p.m.

What Are Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers?

The Extension Master Gardener℠ program began in North Carolina in 1979 and has grown to 88 programs in counties across our state. Extension Master Gardener volunteers are trained to help connect North Carolinians with the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed at North Carolina A&T State University and NC State University. N.C. Cooperative Extension of Durham County has around 100 volunteers in the program. They help Durham residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain Durham’s community garden at Briggs Avenue.

Once interns have completed their initial training, Extension Master Gardener volunteers volunteer forty hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts. To find out more about the Extension Master Gardener program of Durham County, visit their website or plan to attend an upcoming information session. Call 919-560-0528 or email Pana Jones at pana_jones@ncsu.edu to register for an information session.

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