UMaine Extension accepting functions for Grasp Gardener Volunteer coaching

Mainers seeking to study extra about gardening and volunteering of their group can accomplish that by changing into a licensed Grasp Gardener Volunteer. College of Maine Cooperative Extension is now accepting functions for the Grasp Gardener Volunteers coaching program that begins in October.

The 2023–24 Grasp Gardener Volunteer coaching contains on-line self-paced studying modules coupled with stay digital periods by means of which members could have direct entry to dozens of horticultural specialists throughout the state. There additionally can be a half-day in-person alternative to fulfill program members and acquire hands-on expertise. 

The course, designed to coach volunteers for horticulture- and food-system-related group service tasks, will cowl vegetable and fruit manufacturing, crops for the Maine panorama, soil well being, composting, pesticide security, meals safety and different related matters. Members can be anticipated to volunteer for a group venture for no less than 40 hours to finish their certification. Functions for the 2023 program are due at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.