OSU Master Gardener training available

MIAMI COUNTY — A Master Gardener Volunteer Virtual training will be offered to residents of Miami and surrounding counties beginning in September.

Training will be held online every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m., from Sept. 8 through Nov. 12, 2020. The cost of the course is $150 and applications are due Aug. 28 ($150 due with application). Applications after the deadline are $50 extra.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides broad instruction in horticulture for enthusiasts of any skill level or interest who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge, but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must.

In addition to the training, a Master Gardener certification will be awarded after the completion of 50 volunteer hours at OSUE sponsored projects or approved activities of their choice. Recent events include Piqua School’s Garden Tribe, Miami County in Bloom Garden Tour, researching and responding to horticulture questions from the public, teaching gardening techniques to adults or children and other special projects.

There are many opportunities to obtain hours either with a “hands-in-the-dirt” group project or as a “behind-the-scenes” individual contributor supporting non-physical activities. To maintain annual certification, Master Gardener Volunteers are asked to provide at least 20 hours of service and complete at least 10 hours of continuing education annually.

You may request an application by contacting the OSU Extension Office in Miami County at 937-440-3945 or by downloading one online at go.osu.edu/miamimgv2020. We are monitoring the current pandemic situation and will adjust as needed.

The volunteer program is monitoring the current pandemic situation and will adjust as needed. One in-person option may be offered if allowable by the class date. Additionally, the hope is to provide some in-person educational field trips utilizing social distancing and following all CDC guidelines. Accommodations will be made for those that do not wish to take part.

Contact bennett.709@osu.edu for up-to-date information on class schedule.