Master Gardeners prepare for 2018 training program

Staff report

SIDNEY — Ohio State University Extension Shelby County and Shelby County Master Gardeners are currently planning their 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer training program. The training is tentatively scheduled for nine consecutive Thursdays, March 1 through April 26, at the Shelby County Agricultural Service Center, 810 Fair Road, in Sidney. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Training is open to interested residents of Shelby and surrounding counties.

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents 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; but 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 and seminars; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.

Cost of the training is $150, with a $50 refundable deposit due upon return of the application. The fee covers presenters, a comprehensive training manual, handouts, a shirt, and light snacks. OSU Extension also requires an online background check. The training will be provided by some of OSUE’s top experts as well as local Master Gardener Volunteers. Upon completion of the training sessions, the trainees will become Master Gardener interns and will be expected to provide 50 hours of volunteer service during the coming year.

For more information or to obtain a registration packet, stop by the Extension Office at 810 Fair Road, Sidney, call 937-498-7239, or email us at [email protected] The deadline to register is Jan. 12, 2018.

Staff report