Purdue Cooperative Extension Service offices in Greene and Sullivan counties are combining forces to offer a special course aimed at sharpening gardening skills and giving back to participant's communties.
Beginning Feb. 21, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Sullivan, Greene and surrounding counties.
"The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities," explained Lindy Miller, Greene County Extension Educator.
Training will be conducted on Thursdays from Feb. 21 through May 9. This will be an intensive weekly course for 12 weeks.
The training sessions will be at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds or the Greene County Fairgrounds from 6-9 p.m.
Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost of $90 per participant or $10 for each evening, if attended separate from the course.
This expense fee covers such items as reference notebooks, mailings, name badges, handouts, speaker fees, etc. These materials all become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection, Miller noted.
"While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Some of these projects include the staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hand-on demonstration gardens," Miller said.
If you are interested in joining the program, you will need to submit an application.
Applications are due in the Extension Office by Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Please contact the Greene County Extension Office at 812-659-2122, if you have any questions.