Do you love plants, gardening, or have a general interest in horticulture?Oklahoma Master Garden enthusiasts are an important part of University Extension’s capability to offer consumers with current, research-based details. Master gardening has likewise end up being a popular volunteer activity that offers its individuals a sense of community spirit, achievement, and intellectual stimulation.The Oklahoma Master Gardeners Program is a volunteer training program designed to help county extension centers meet the demands for consumer horticulture info. Master gardeners take classroom training collaborated by regional extension personnel with the assistance of state extension specialists. After class training is finished, program individuals are associated with an internship program of volunteer service. Volunteers that finish the program will be needed to complete 45-56 hours of volunteer time to the cultivation program for Cherokee County Extension Workplace programs and 40 hours every year after training. Volunteer activities consists of identifying plant, bug, and illness problems; personnel plant clinics and instructional displays
; running a telephone hotline in your local County Extension center; designing a demonstration or neighborhood garden; lecturing on different gardening subjects; and bringing the delights of gardening to senior citizens or young children.Volunteer service elements vary depending upon a trainee’s interests, however in all cases are academic, extension related, and represent the interests of the community. So who can end up being a master gardener? People with an interest in both gardening and volunteer service are possible prospects for the program. No previous official training
is necessary. There are no major requirements to be a master gardener besides an interest in cultivation and offering, and a determination to discover and help your community.If you are interested in ending up being a master garden enthusiast, then visit our office at 908 S. College Ave., Tahlequah, OK. 74464 to get an application.After the application procedure, we will contact us to schedule an interview. Our master gardener program will be held from Jan. 17-March 28. Class times will be held on Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with a lunch break from noon-1 p.m. then lunch will occur from noon-1 p.m. at the Cherokee County Extension Workplaces in Tahlequah. There is a$150 charge related to the course that provides the products for the class.Jodie Parolini is agriculture teacher for the OSU Cooperative Extension Service in Cherokee County.