Become a Master Gardener

Posted October 14, 2016 at 5:51 am by


Look­ing for a fun way to get involved?
Love prob­lem solving?
Inter­est­ed in gardening?
Apply now to become a WSU Mas­ter Gardener!

Appli­ca­tions are now being accept­ed for the 2017 San Juan Coun­ty WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Train­ing Pro­gram. Vol­un­teer trainees will receive over 60 hours of train­ing, both in the class­room and on-line. The train­ing is taught by local and region­al experts and includes top­ics on veg­etable gar­den­ing, soils, seed sav­ing, plant dis­ease diag­nos­tics, plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and more!

Trainees will become a part of a cohort of pas­sion­ate, ded­i­cat­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who will pro­vide edu­ca­tion­al out­reach and help prob­lem-solve gar­den­ing ques­tions. In exchange for the train­ing, trainees pro­vide at least 50 hours of edu­ca­tion­al out­reach in their com­mu­ni­ties over a one-year peri­od. The 2017 train­ing will be held on nine Tues­days, Jan­u­ary 31 – March 28. The approx­i­mate cost of the train­ing is $200.

Many vol­un­teers stay involved in the pro­gram for many years, shar­ing their love of gar­den­ing and learn­ing with their com­mu­ni­ty and fel­low volunteers.

Train­ings are offered bian­nu­al­ly so don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty. Expert and novice gar­den­ers are encour­aged to apply. Appli­ca­tions are due Novem­ber 1st.

To learn more about becom­ing a WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er, click here.

The WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized pro­gram that trains vol­un­teers to serve their com­mu­ni­ties through hor­ti­cul­tur­al edu­ca­tion and out­reach. Every­one with an inter­est in gar­den­ing and vol­un­teer­ing is wel­come and encour­aged to apply for the pro­gram. Once vol­un­teers receive train­ing, they pro­vide edu­ca­tion­al infor­ma­tion to the pub­lic in home and sub­sis­tence hor­ti­cul­ture includ­ing veg­etable and fruit gar­den­ing, lawn and land­scape main­te­nance, com­post­ing, native plants, plant prob­lem diag­no­sis, pest con­trol and many oth­er areas.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Caitie Blethen, Vol­un­teer Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor at or call the WSU San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion office 360 378 4414

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