Coop offers Master Gardener Volunteer training


WHITESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County will host a hybrid Master Gardener Volunteer Training program starting in March.

The program will include online course work and hands-on learning at the extension’s Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens. Students can connect remotely from the comfort of their own home for seven modules of online course work developed by the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Department.

Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer connects participants to the latest garden research and education from Cornell University. Students can sharpen their garden knowledge and skills, work and share what they’ve learned with others, network with other gardeners and more.

Course topics include: plant fundamentals, food gardening, ornamental plants, ecosystem services and pest management strategies IPM (Integrated Pest Management). There will also be assignments, quizzes, modules, exams and active projects.

In-person hands-on learning sessions will take place on set Tuesday evenings starting March 1, and some Saturday mornings at CCE Oneida County office and extension’s Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens.

The training fee is $150 and includes a binder, printed handouts, and class materials that students will access again and again for gardening information.

Class size is limited. For more details visit and click the Home and Garden link and double click the MGV logo on the bottom left of the page, or call Holly Wise, Consumer Horticulture Resource educator, at 315-736-3394, ext. 125. Deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 11.


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