Master Gardner Classes Begin In September

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK—A new season of Master Gardener Environmental & Community Stewardship classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will be offering both daytime and evening programs based on interest. Orientation will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 PM for the evening class and Friday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. Middlesex County is currently the only county that offers the Master Gardeners course in the evenings. Pre-registration for the course is required.

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Master Gardeners are community volunteers, trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. There are 60-70 hours of classroom instruction including practical field experiences and field trips.

Topics covered include: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources; and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer a minimum of 60 hours of service towards Extension projects, activities and events. In addition to classroom and volunteer time, there is mandatory attendance for gardening days and events several Saturdays during the growing season, to fulfill the educational requirements of the program. Classes will be held once a week during the winter and spring seasons. The program fee (to cover the cost of supplies, instructional materials and speakers) varies depending on day or evening classes.

The Master Gardener program will be offered at the EARTH Center, found in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. If you are interested, call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.


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