Apply now to become a WSU Master Gardener!

Posted October 10, 2018 at 5:49 am by

Love to prob­lem solve?
Inter­est­ed in gardening?
Look­ing for a fun way to get involved?

Appli­ca­tions are now being accept­ed for the 2019 San Juan Coun­ty WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Train­ing Pro­gram. Vol­un­teer trainees receive over 60 hours of train­ing, both in the class­room and online. The train­ing is taught by local and region­al experts and includes top­ics on veg­etable gar­den­ing, soils, plant dis­ease diag­nos­tics, plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and more.

Trainees become a part of a cohort of pas­sion­ate, ded­i­cat­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who will pro­vide edu­ca­tion­al out­reach and help prob­lem-solve gar­den­ing ques­tions.   In the first year, trainees are men­tored by a cohort of vet­er­an Mas­ter Gar­den­ers while vol­un­teer­ing 50 hours with­in the program.

Cer­ti­fied Mas­ter Gar­den­ers com­plete at least 25 hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice and 10 hours of Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion. Many vol­un­teers stay involved in the pro­gram for many years, shar­ing their love of gar­den­ing and learn­ing with their com­mu­ni­ty and fel­low volunteers.

The 2019 train­ing will be held on nine Tues­days, Jan­u­ary 29 – March 26.  The cost of the train­ing is $225. Par­tial schol­ar­ships available.

Mas­ter Gar­den­er train­ing is offered bian­nu­al­ly in San Juan Coun­ty, so don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty. Expert and novice gar­den­ers are encour­aged to apply. Appli­ca­tions are due Novem­ber 1st, 2018.

The WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized pro­gram that trains vol­un­teers to teach local com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to man­age their gar­dens and land­scapes in a sci­ence-based, sus­tain­able man­ner; address envi­ron­men­tal and social pri­or­i­ties such as water con­ser­va­tion and water qual­i­ty pro­tec­tion; reduce the impact of inva­sive species; and increase pub­lic aware­ness of healthy liv­ing by grow­ing food. Infor­ma­tion they share is gen­er­at­ed from research at WSU and oth­er uni­ver­si­ty sys­tems.  Every­one with an inter­est in gar­den­ing and vol­un­teer­ing is wel­come and encour­aged to apply for the program.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Caitlin Blethen, Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor at or (360) 378 4414. Appli­ca­tions are avail­able at:‑2/

Exten­sion pro­grams are avail­able to all with­out discrimination.

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