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Penn State set to train new gardeners

from Penn State Extension

Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers who receive special training from Penn State Extension in horticulture and all aspects of gardening. They support Penn State Extension by helping educate the public in many ways as it relates to gardening and the environment. You just need to enjoy gardening and we will teach you the rest!

A few ways that the Master Gardeners serve the public include: maintaining a garden hotline, workshops, work in their demo garden (now located at the Mifflin County Library), promote informative materials at their workshops and other events, sell compost and the yearly plant sale.

You must have an interest in gardening and a willingness to learn. To be added to the list, or have any questions, please email mifflinmg@psu.edu, or call the Mifflin County Extension Office at (717) 248-9618, or Juniata County Extension Office at (717) 436-7744.

Due to COVID-19, the training this fall will be held via Zoom, so participants must have access to the internet. In-person, hands-on training will then be held later. Classes begin in October and run until March on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. (sessions will be recorded and watched as your schedule allows).

The fee for the Master Gardener class is $200 which includes the textbook, hands-on materials, and 40 hours of instruction. After successfully completing the course and exam, trainees complete 50 hrs of volunteer service and 20 hrs each year after.

For more information, contact Leah Fronk at Penn State Extension, (717) 436-7744, lxf339@psu.edu.

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