UW Extension’s Master Gardener training to begin locally on March 22nd

master-gardener(Riverton, Wyo.) –  Master Gardener training is starting soon in Fremont County, according the UW Extension Office. Training involves participating in a 10-week, four-hour-a-day class that covers trees, lawns, insects, plant health, plant pathology, composting and several other areas, said Alex Malcolm, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) educator in the county.

The Master Gardener program extends extension’s expertise in the area of horticulture, gardening, and small-scale food production through trained and certified volunteer Master Gardeners. Classes begin Friday, March 22, and will be held each Friday until May 31. Classes will alternate between Riverton and Lander. UW CES provides the training.

In exchange for training, participants volunteer 40 hours of service within a two-year time period to earn the Master Gardener designation.

The cost of the program is $150 and includes the cost of the book.

“Master Gardeners are asked to spend two hours a week in the extension office during the summer answering phone calls about horticulture, write articles about horticulture, help youngsters with a garden and volunteer at one of the four farmers markets here in Fremont County,” Malcolm said. “Occasionally, Master Gardeners will visit the problem site. If they cannot suggest a solution to the problem, they research the problem until they have a solution to suggest. Other opportunities include consultation of school gardens, teaching and working at a demonstration garden.”

For information about becoming a Master Gardener or obtaining the assistance of a Master Gardener, call the extension offices in Riverton at (307) 857-3654 and in Lander at (307) 332-2363.

The University of Wyoming and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperate. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.