Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Interviews begin soon

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County plans to begin interviews in June for its Master Gardener Volunteer program. Volunteers teach classes, answer questions at farmers markets and help homeowners identify insects and solve pest problems on the horticulture hotline.

Training, which begins Sept. 7, involves one full day weekly for 12 weeks. Classes are conducted by members of the Cornell University faculty, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators, members of the industry and senior Master Gardeners Volunteers. Trainees receive a resource manual that contains the texts for each class plus materials on ecological lawn care, pruning trees and shrubs and tree identification. The course fee of $375.

Each Master Gardener Volunteer makes a commitment to 30 hours per year of volunteer activity for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resources educational initiatives. For more information, or to receive an application packet, contact Kate Everitt at 845-278-6738.

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