Master Gardener classes start online in October

CLARION Do you have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more about horticulture, and a strong desire to volunteer? Join the Master Gardeners and start your path to becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener. Master Gardener training begins virtually the first Thursday in October and continues until March of 2022.

Are you interested in learning how to grow fruit, vegetables, trees and ornamentals? Do you have an interest in learning how to start plants, diagnose disease and pest problems, and join a group of like-minded gardeners to share information with others in your community? Have you considered becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener but don't know where to begin?

The Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program provides horticultural training to interested individuals. To be considered for the Master Gardener training program, visit the Clarion Master Gardener website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/clarion/become-a-master-gardener-in-clarion-county and complete the online application.

Once accepted into the training program, there is a $200 fee for program materials and the manual. Master Gardener trainees complete a minimum of 40 hours in subjects such as: entomology, botany, soil science, pesticide safety, plant propagation, and communication skills.

A computer or electronic device and reliable internet access are required for participation in the training.

Clarion County Master Gardeners engage in a variety of services such as answering home gardening questions, maintaining pollinator and demonstration gardens and communicating with the public through the newspaper, radio, local fairs and events.

For more information, email Andy Faust at avf100@psu.edu.