The program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.
When these volunteers complete the 12- to 16-week Basic Training program (one 3-hour class per week) and pass an examination (at least a 70% score), they are then identified by the county and Purdue as Master Gardener Interns. The Master Gardener Interns are expected to complete 35 volunteer service hours, representing the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. They help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities, under the guidance of the local Program Coordinator.
When the minimum volunteer commitment has been fulfilled, volunteers are then certified as Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners remain active by completing six hours of educational training and twelve hours of volunteer service per year. Advanced levels of certification are offered to help with recognition and retention of volunteers.
In addition, if you are part of a local community group that would like to have a Master Gardener teach your group about a gardening topic, please contact Purdue Extension office in Noble County at 260-636-2111 or email@example.com. Please allow plenty of time to make arrangements.
Noble County Master Gardeners generally meet on the second Wednesday of every month starting at 6:00 p.m.
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Currently Recruiting for Fall 2019 Master Gardener Basic Training class!
The tentative schedule will be Orientation on September 16 and regular classes on Thursdays from 9am-noon. Preliminary schedule is linked below.
If you are interested, get your name on our list by calling 260-636-2111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will communicate details with you directly.