Extension Agency accepting Master Gardener volunteer applications

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Yadkin County is accepting applications for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer class. The class is under the direction of Colleen Church, Yadkin County extension director. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesday morning beginning in September.

Interested candidates should contact Church at 336-679-2061 for an application. Training sessions are held at the Yadkin Extension Center, located at 209 E. Elm St. in downtown Yadkinville. Class size is limited, and a fee is charged.

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program is an educational and volunteer service program. Selected participants receive 40 hours of in-depth training on a variety of horticultural topics. Within a year after completing the training, Master Gardener graduates are to perform at least 40 hours of extension-related volunteer service. A variety of activities are available for completing the volunteer component, such as youth and adult gardening programs, community beautification projects, fund raising, homeowner education, staffing exhibits and much more.

Continuing education opportunities are available at local, state and national levels for Master Gardener Volunteers through webinars, workshops, trips and tours. A statewide conference is held each year in North Carolina, which gives the volunteers an opportunity to network with other Master Gardeners from across the state and learn new gardening techniques from leading experts.

For more information on the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, please contact Colleen Church with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yadkin County Center, at 679-2061 or colleen_church@ncsu.eu. The Yadkin Extension Center is located at 209 E. Elm St. in downtown Yadkinville and can be visited online at yadkin.ces.ncsu.edu.

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