|The Joy of Gardening||Master Gardener Training|
|Purpose||To provide fundamental understanding of sustainable gardening & horticultural practices to those interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise, but not available for volunteering.||Demonstrating and educating adults and youth about sustainable gardening practices informs the Master Gardener Training. Applicants are prioritized on their volunteering ability as a Suffolk Master Gardener.
|Schedule||10-week online “go-at-your-own-pace” course. Resources and learning activities include suggested field trips.||16 week hybrid course, with online and scheduled live & in person sessions, including field trips|
|Fee||$375, due with registration
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|$550 ($425 course fee plus $125 refundable deposit if 125 volunteer hours are met), due after interview process|
|Financial Assistance||Diversity, equity and inclusion scholarship awards available|
|MG Training late February, 2024.
Applications available online as of Nov. 1, 2023
|Course Content||Digital course material, including recorded
lectures, supplemental readings and activities; optional virtual class
sessions with instructor and teaching assistants for Q&A
LEVEL: little to some gardening experience; easy to moderately easy course material
|Digital course material, including recorded
lectures, supplemental readings, discussion forums; assignments, final
projects, live online class meetings, workshops, in person sessions
LEVEL: some to intermediate gardening experience; moderately easy to moderately demanding course material
|Course Requirements||Completion of topical subjects, consideration of garden projects
||Engagement with course content & participation in discussions, attending scheduled online and in person meetings, completed assignments including final project, path to volunteer obligation|
|Additional Requirements||None||Completion of 125 hour volunteer hours in first 2 years of course completion. A commitment of 30 hours annually thereafter.|
|Post-Course Engagement||Discussion of community gardening projects, option to consider Master Gardener Training
||Support in completing initial 125 volunteer hours
for Suffolk CCE Master Gardener Program, County projects and continuing education opportunities.
Last updated October 13, 2023