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BE A ‘MASTER GARDENER’

Deadline to Apply is Friday, January 6, 2012

December 27, 2011

[FERNDALE] – The deadline to apply for the Master Gardener Program through Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County is Friday, January 6, 2012.  The intensive 15-week training program for Sullivan County residents begins on Tuesday, February 7 at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Center in Liberty.  Up to 20 individuals will be accepted into the program through the application process.

Begun in 1975 in New York State, the Master Gardener Program provides home and community gardeners with unbiased information based on research and experience.  One hundred hours of volunteer community service is required as part of this “neighbors teaching neighbors” approach.

Cornell Cooperative Extension staff from Ulster and Sullivan counties will provide the training, led by Dona Crawford, CCE Ulster’s Master Gardener Coordinator.

Training dates will run every Tuesday from February 7 through May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Snow makeup dates are the Thursdays following the snow days.  Cost is $200 with $50 returned to those who complete the training and the requisite 100 hours of community service.

Volunteer applications are available from Cornell Cooperative Extension and from Sullivan Renaissance.  Individuals should check “Master Gardener” in the section “Volunteer Position.”  Completed applications must be returned no later than January 6, 2012 to: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty, NY  12754.  Applicants may be asked for an interview and are subject to a criminal background check.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by national, state and county governments – that helps New York residents put research-based knowledge to work.  For information call 845-292-6180 or visit http://blogs.cce.cornell.edu/sullivan/. 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For information call 845-295-2445 or visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.