Registration for the online training course for master gardeners 2021 is open. The fall training was originally supposed to start on September 22nd and take place on the Zoom platform. Phil Horton, Arkansas County Renewal Agent, said the new self-paced program will run October 15 through December 15. Participants pay $ 75 for the course.
“This will give you a Master Gardener training brochure that will cover all of your fees,” said Horton. “You get 40 hours of lessons. It will include all kinds of training, such as botany, biology, insects, pesticide use, basic landscaping, weeds, weed detection, and many other gardening-related things.
Completing the training hours is the first step that participants take to become a master gardener. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more community members have wanted to get involved in gardening, according to Horton.
“Everyone wants to go outside and do more things. A lot of people now grow their own vegetables and things like that. It’s a great way to get exercise and be outdoors, ”said Horton.
The county is expanding its volunteer base to work on local beautification projects. There are eight beautification projects in Arkansas County.
“Some of those are the Stuttgart courthouse, the DeWitt courthouse, Easterseals in Stuttgart, a project on Cook’s Lake, and there are some welcome signs in DeWitt that our master gardeners are taking care of,” Horton said.
Many master gardeners also sell plants and vegetables to other community members.
“Many master gardeners will be attending farmers markets and selling vegetables and things for sale,” said Horton.
To request a Master Gardener application or for details about the training program, employees can call the Arkansas County Expansion Office at 870-659-2058 or email Horton at [email protected] The registration deadline for the master gardener course is Friday, October 1st.