The University of Missouri Master Gardener training program is scheduled to begin August 22, 2013, in Troy. Class meets once each week, on Thursday evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (approximately) for 13 weeks. The cost of the class covers the instruction and written materials and one soil sample analysis.
Master Gardeners are trained individuals who enjoy learning and sharing their expertise with others. Anyone can attend, no matter his or her skill level. After training, Master Gardeners serve as a resource with the University of Missouri Extension to volunteer time to give back to the community. Volunteer opportunities include an annual plant sale, teaching community classes, planting at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, speaking engagements and this summer the Master Gardeners are working a community gardening plot, and donating lots of fresh produce to the Bread for Life Food Panty each week. The primary purpose of a Master Gardener is to volunteer, but members rate friendship and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.
Students are needed and time is of the essence! Deadline to register and pay for the class is August 15, so hurry to reserve your spot. To enroll you can contact the University of Missouri Extension office at 636-528-4613.