Master Gardener training offered by SCCCE this fall

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a regional 40 hour Master Gardener Training for 2015. The training is 8 weeks long and will meet on Thursdays starting October 1, 2015 and ending on November 19th, 2015. The classes run from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and will be held at the Cooperative Extension Center, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. The fee is $110.00. For additional information, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. Yates County residents please call Cheryl at 315-536-5123 or email cj348@cornell.edu and Seneca County residents please call Patti at 315-539-9251 or email with your name, address and phone number to pap11@cornell.edu.Topics to be covered include: soils and plant nutrition; basic botany; disease diagnosis and management; basic entomology; home fruit production; lawn care; vegetable gardening; flower gardening; household and vertebrae pests; composting; understanding pesticides; pruning; integrated pest management; and more.Anyone who has some horticultural experience and a sincere desire to share that knowledge with others is a candidate for the Master Gardener Program. Master Gardeners are expected to share their horticultural training with the community in the form of 100 hours of volunteer work over a two-year period working with their local Cornell Cooperative Extension. Volunteer activities may include: coordinating events; organizing workshops; teaching horticultural classes; working with 4-H youth/school programs; answering gardening questions; developing horticultural exhibits; maintaining demonstration gardens or assisting in other ways to maintain and expand the horticulture program within Seneca or Yates County.For nearly 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cor­nell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo and the telephone number is 315-539-9251.

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