Master Gardner training classes planned

From press reports

Master Gardener (MG) Certification training classes will begin in February. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1– 5 pm February 12 through March 19. The final exam is take home, open book and participants may work on it by themselves or together.

Cost is $85 which includes training notebook and materials, one year membership in the Mississippi Master Gardener Association and refreshments.

Upon completion of training, a MG Intern name badge and certificate will also be given. Then, interns have one year to complete and document 40 hours of approved volunteer service.

When these 40 service hours are completed, the title of Master Gardener will be awarded. Each year thereafter, 20 service hours, 12 education hours and turning in the service documentation hours are required to maintain Master Gardener status.

The Master Gardener program is an Extension public service program. MGs may assist the county Extension office by answering questions in your community concerning horticultural problems; planning and conducting clinics, demonstrations, workshops and beautification projects for the general public; volunteering at the Extension office; assisting with 4-H clubs (there is a 4-H Junior Master Gardener program), attending county and statewide MG trainings, promoting MG programs and recruiting new volunteers, distributing flyers to promote programs and more.

Registration fee and application are due at the Choctaw County Extension Office by January 25, 2013. For more information, contact Juli Hughes, County Director, at 285-6337 or by email: jhughes@ext.msstate.edu.