If you have gardening talents you would like to share with other residents of Goodhue County, consider becoming a Master Gardener! Applications for this University of Minnesota Extension sponsored program are accepted each fall.
The Master Gardener program is an educational program designed to train volunteers to help others in their communities with horticulture. The Master Gardener Core Course is held at either the University of Minnesota (St Paul MN) or the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska MN) or online. A total of 48 hours of education, this class is taught by University of Minnesota extension educators and faculty. Some of the topics included in the core course are: entomology, herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs, indoor plants, integrated pest management, lawn care, fruits and vegetables.
Upon completion of the Master Gardener program, each Master Gardener is required to complete an internship of 50 hours of volunteer time the first year, and 25 hours of volunteer time in following years. These volunteer hours can be achieved in a variety of ways including presentations and community service projects.
For more information, please contact U of MN Extension Goodhue County, 651-385-3100 or 1-800-385-3101.