Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2011 Master Gardener Training Program

"Shades of Green," the 2011 MSU Master Gardener class, met at our office on every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Twenty students were enrolled in the 10-week course, which included a wide range of information about plant care, soil, composting, diagnostics, integrated pest management, insects, and water quality. Completion of the classroom training satisfied the 40 hour education requirement of the Master Gardener program. They will now begin the second half of their training--40 hours of volunteer training in community service. Good luck, class!

We here at MSU Extension | Jackson County would also like to say THANK YOU to Jim Dodge, the man responsible for this year's Master Gardener program. Jim came to MSU Extension this Spring when he agreed to take on the role of Consumer Horticulture Educator through the end of 2011. Jim has been an invaluable source of information for the residents of Jackson County, and has worked very hard to keep up with the phone calls, walk-ins, and plant and insect samples that have been flooding his office over the last year. His Monthly Gardener meetings and Master Gardener Training Program have both been very successful, and would not have been possible without his hard work, dedication and expertise. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors as he returns to retired life.