Master Gardeners spring enrollment opens through Jan. 23

By Justin Miller

For the Enquirer

The Alabama Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Program is ideal for those who have a wealth of gardening expertise they are itching to share with others, as well as those who want to learn more and become involved in community projects. Enrollment for the program is open now.

Through this program, volunteers work with Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals to bring the latest gardening information to their communities.

According to the Extension, three Rs describe Master Gardeners: reliable, relevant and reachable. Kerry Smith, Master Gardeners Program state coordinator, said this group of hard-working volunteers is motivated by their passion for sharing all things horticulture.

“Our gardening advice and programs are science-based and timely,” Smith said. “These volunteers are also easily accessible. By calling our helpline at 877-252-4769, people can connect with a volunteer who is ready to answer their questions.”

Before volunteers can be certified as Master Gardeners, they must participate in a series of trainings as “interns.” These trainings include 50 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction.

“While 50 hours might seem like a lot, it is critical that our volunteers prepare to support local gardening projects and priorities,” Smith said.

Classes cover topics related to home lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetable gardening and more, available both in-person and virtually. Interns may attend in-person classes in any of the hosting counties, regardless of their residence location.

Enrollment for the 2022 spring training series in open until Jan. 23. Training will begin Feb. 3. Registration for training is completed online at www.aces.edu.

A registration fee is necessary to start the training, and people must have a background check to volunteer.

Once someone reaches Master Gardener certification, they must report 25 hours of volunteer service annually. Many opportunities are available for people to accumulate these hours.

“We have a variety of projects,” Smith said, “from volunteering with the helpline to workshops, demonstration gardens, library programs, school gardens and more.”

 

Eva

Community class reunion celebrates Morgan schools

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hats off: Class of 2024 graduates from Hartselle High School

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

City adjusts garbage routes for Memorial Day

Falkville

Larry Madison has been a pillar in Falkville for four decades

Hartselle

Hartselle trio nominated for two K-LOVE awards

Hartselle

Hartselle students chosen to attend Girls State

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Kiwanis Club continues scholarly legacy with annual golf tournament

Editor's picks

Heartbreaking finish: Hartselle comes up a run short in state baseball finals

Decatur

Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

Editor's picks

Hartselle baseball legend dies

Breaking News

Hartselle baseball legend William Booth dies at 79

At a Glance

ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

At a Glance

Spring-time market day in Hartselle scheduled for May 18 

Hartselle

New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

Editor's picks

Northern lights visible from north Alabama

Hartselle

Hartselle students to attend Boys State

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

High scorers: 42 Hartselle students a part of ACT 30 plus club

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle projects budget surplus based on midyear numbers 

x