The Virginia Cooperative Extension of Loudoun County is seeking applications for the 2020 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training class.
Extension Master Gardeners assist Virginia Cooperative Extension in delivering environmentally sound horticulture education programs to the community. Volunteers receive a minimum of 60 hours of in-classroom/lab training, and then undertake an internship of 75 hours in selected area programming to be complete by the end of the year. To continue tenure as a Master Gardener, 25 hours of volunteering and 8 hours of continuing education are necessary each year.
The 2020 training will be held at 750 Miller Dr., SE, Ste. F-3, Leesburg, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class begins on Jan. 28, 2020 and ends April 2. The fee for the course is $235 and includes the purchase of the 500+ page Virginia EMG Handbook, additional course materials and a background screening. The training schedule includes classes in basic botany, water quality, fruits, tree and shrub identification, vegetables, disease/insect diagnosis, and related natural resource subjects. Lab work is scheduled during the course.
An Open House and Information Meeting is planned Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m. at the Extension Office. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 25. Class size is limited. Applicants are accepted on a competitive basis based on qualifications of applicants in program areas. Loudoun residents receive priority. For an application, skills questionnaire, reference form, and more information, go to loudouncountymastergardeners.org/become-a-master-gardener/.