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Master Gardener Training Offered in Farmington

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education. The Master Gardener Program throughout Missouri promotes and raises public awareness of the University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research based gardening information.

Through activities such as Extension newsletter articles, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, fair booths and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must attend a 30 hour classroom Core Course training. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to their community in approved University of Missouri Extension activities. Ages 16 and up.

The core course training will be held on Wednesdays for 11 weeks starting August 23 to November 1, 2023, from 6 to 9 pm. The classes will be held at Farmington Public Library meeting room. The cost of the class is $200, which includes the Master Gardener Core Manual, state fees, refreshments, and speaker fees.  Registration deadline is August 21.  The program will cover the subjects of plant anatomy, soils and fertility, ornamentals, fruits and brambles, vegetable gardening, lawn care, insects, landscaping, plant propagation and plant disease.  To register by mail or in person, make out the check to MU Extension and mail to 1300 Progress Pkwy, Suite B, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 with your contact info. For more information, contact Katie Kammler at 573-883-3548 or [email protected].  The online registration is available at