Cornell Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the next Master Gardener training class for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 16. Space is limited.
Get applications here; in person at the Chautauqua County office at 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, or by calling (716) 664-9502 to have one mailed to you.
Classes will take place remotely from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through May 20.
There will also be a few in-person classes each month for hands-on learning activities at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County, 28 Parkside Dr., Ellicottville.
The tuition cost is $125 and includes all training materials.
Successful participants will be expected to commit 50 hours of volunteer service in their first year and 30 hours of volunteer service annually to remain active Master Gardeners. There is also an annual expectation of 10 hours of continued horticulture education after the first year of volunteering.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with the Cattaraugus & Chautauqua County Cooperative Extension staff to teach and share gardening knowledge countywide. They are neighbors teaching neighbors about horticulture using research-based gardening practices through a variety of educational programs and activities.
The Master Gardener Program has an emphasis on environmental stewardship and on food insecurity. One way Master Gardeners contribute to addressing food insecurity locally is by supporting the National Seed to Supper program that helps teach residents how to grow their own vegetable gardens.