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Training open for Master Gardeners

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener. 

Applications are being accepted for the Becker County Extension Master Gardener Program now until Oct. 31.

Individuals selected for the program begin an internship that starts with the Master Gardener Core Course training that begins Jan. 13. The course is taught online or in-person on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year working with local Master Gardeners on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.

You might answer plant questions at the Plant, Pest and Gardening Clinics, help with the community garden, write a newspaper column, help with the Annual Plant Sale or make a presentation to a community group. 

After completing the internship, you become a certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener. To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually.

For an application packet and more information, please call U of MN Extension Becker County at 218-846-7328 and ask for Linda Perrine, Extension Office Manager & Master Gardener Program Coordinator. Check out more information about the training and the Extension Master Gardener program at

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