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Become an extension master gardener in East Otter Tail County

The East Otter Tail County Master Gardeners invite adult community members to join them for an Open House on Sept. 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Perham.

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others you can apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer! Learn more about the Master Gardener Program, take part in gardening education, enjoy some light refreshments, and win door prizes at this open house. No need to RSVP.

Individuals selected for the program begin an internship that starts with the Master Gardener core course training on Jan. 13, 2018. The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture. You might answer plant questions by phone or at an information booth, write a newspaper column, teach a class on gardening or help with the 4-H Children's Garden.

After completing the internship, you become a certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener. To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually.

Applications are being accepted for the East Otter Tail County Extension Master Gardener Program now until Oct. 1, 2016. Please contact Kelsey Wulf at (320) 385-5420 with questions or interest.

For more information about the Extension Master Gardener program go to www.mg.umn.edu.

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