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U of I Extension master gardener training begins in January
By University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the master gardener training course, which is set to begin the third week of January. Applicants don’t need extensive gardening experience, only an interest in learning best practices in horticulture, and a willingness to share their new gardening knowledge with the community.
Master Gardener applicants are trained by U of I Extension educators over an 11-week period. Upon graduation from the program, trainees volunteer back a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer service “Helping Others Learn to Grow” in the greater Rockford area. Applicants can choose to participate in a weekly classroom training, or an online program. Online training allows for more flexibility for those applicants who cannot commit to a weekly classroom experience.
Applicants can choose to attend classroom training at either the Boone County or Stephenson County U of I Extension office. Training runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and registration is $175 per person. The deadline to apply for classroom training is Dec. 15. The optional online training course is $250 per person; the deadline to apply for online training is Dec. 1.
From the Nov. 20-26, 2013, issue