Christian County Master Gardeners offers scholarships for online training starting in August

  • Published: Monday, July 20, 2020

Gardeners committed to lifelong learning and a love for sharing their knowledge may want to sign up for online training to become Master Gardeners. Registration for the training that begins Aug. 23 is at the University of Missouri Extension site at https://extension2.missouri.edu/master-gardener-core-training-fall-2020 for the 30-hour course.

Cost is $200, but registrants completing the course may qualify for a $100 reimbursement scholarship if they commit to joining and volunteering in Christian County Master Gardeners for at least a year. The chapter awards up to three scholarships in December. For more information on the $100 reimbursement scholarship, contact the Christian County Extension office at 417-581-3558 for referral to the chapter’s new members chair.

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The 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 promotes and raises public awareness of Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information. Through activities such as MU Extension hotlines or answering services, workshops, speakers’ bureaus, garden show 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 complete a 30-hour core training course. Core training is available both “in person” and online. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to the community in approved MU Extension activities.

The nearly 60-member CCMG chapter supports:

  • Spring and fall plant sales
  • Free public gardening seminars
  • Advanced training workshops for Master Gardeners
  • Monthly membership programs open to a limited number of nonmembers
  • Public gardens: Clever City Hall Garden and in Nixa, Gardens at Woodfield, Rotary Garden and Nixa Community Center Garden
  • Gardening hotline, 9-12, mid-March to mid-October, Monday through Friday, at the Extension office, 417-581-4853
  • Scholarships to College of the Ozarks and Ozarks Technical College students and for Master Gardener training

Contacts: Facebook, http://extension2.missouri.edu/counties/christian/master-gardeners, 417-581-3558 and [email protected]. The University of Missouri Extension is committed to providing equity and access to all through the implementation of practices and procedures that ensure compliance with federal laws and university policies and that enhance the Extension's capacity to serve the people of Missouri.

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