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Extension Office taking Master Gardener applications

The Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2012 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program, until Dec. 30, 2011.

Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more. The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of eleven classes.

In addition to receiving training from Colorado State University professors, specialists and horticulture agents, master gardeners learn on the job as they perform 50 hours of volunteer work during the growing season. Volunteers help the community by answering questions on garden care and provide education through teaching classes, writing news articles, working with special audiences and maintaining demonstration sites. Statewide, the value placed on the time donated by the 1,800-plus master gardeners is more than $1.3 million.

The Colorado Master Gardener program also can be a stepping stone toward a career in horticulture. Recognized by the green industry as a great vocational education course, the Colorado Master Gardener program is open to persons within and outside of the professional growing area. Many people considering a career in the green industry start with master gardener training as an all-around introduction to advanced plant care.

Classes start Jan. 26 and will take place at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $240 if you intend to volunteer, $575 for a certificate without volunteer time.

CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years.?

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, the Colorado Master Gardener program is an ideal volunteer choice. Please contact the Colorado State University Extension office in Pagosa Springs at 264-5931 for more information or an application.

Calendar

Sept. 8 — Noon, Mountain View Homemakers.

Sept. 9 — 2 p.m., 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting.

Sept. 10 — Noon, Lower Blanco Property Owners meeting.

Sept. 10 — 6 p.m., Holiday Acres Property Owners meeting.

Sept. 13 — 6 p.m., 4-H Rocky Mountain Riders Club meeting.

Sept. 14 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Pagosa Peaks Club meeting.

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