Recruits sought for Master Gardener Program


Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County Master Gardener Program is recruiting potential program candidate trainees for the 2019 gardening season.

Trainees will get hands-on teaching on gardening principles and practices in CCE Oneida’s own Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens on predetermined Tuesday and Thursday mornings from May to October.

Preliminary training candidates are required to attend a minimum of three Master Gardener Volunteer business meeting during their first year, as well as, complete forty-five hours of volunteer time working at the extension gardens. 

Register by April 15 at Your questions will be answered by calling Holly Wise, Master Gardener Program Leader at (315) 736-3394 ext. 125 or Terri Harrison, Horticulture Assistant at ext. 168. 

The preliminary candidate’s commitment includes successfully completing the first year’s training program before moving onto the Master Gardener Volunteer training classes. Classes will be combined with trainees from Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County.

Class sessions are held on set Saturdays over the two-year training and will meet at various locations such as: SUNY Morrisville, SUNY ESF, libraries in Syracuse and at the CCE Oneida County offices in Oriskany.  The Master Gardener Volunteer training fee is $225 which includes training materials and a comprehensive manual valued at $100.  


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