Yates County CCE seeks volunteers for the Master Gardener program

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County’s Master Gardener Program is seeking new volunteers who reside in Yates County and are interested in sharing their love of gardening and community service. 

A few slots are open this year and candidates for a 12-week regional training starting Sept. 7 will be selected. If you are interested in being considered for the Master Gardener Program, please stop by the office and fill out a volunteer application (applications may also be obtained online at the CCE Yates County website) so we may consider your candidacy. The deadline for receiving applications at the CCE Yates County office is Aug. 19.

More about the Yates County Master Gardener Program:

Candidates participate in an intensive 12-week horticulture training program (every Wednesday starting Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Geneva Experiment Station). The fee to participate is $150 of which $50 will be reimbursed after 60 hours of service over two years.

Candidates are expected to “shadow” with an experienced Master Gardener during this summer to learn some of the “ropes” of answering calls from the Master Gardener Hot Line. Call to make arrangements.

The Master Gardener program is truly about service to the community and sharing your knowledge and love of gardening. Sixty hours of service are required for the first two years after the training. Master Gardeners attend monthly meetings that are generally held in the morning on the first Tuesday of each month.

Programs the Master Gardeners support include Yard and Garden Day, Master Gardener Hot Line (answer consumer questions), writing Extension Corner articles, helping at the Windmill Plant Sale, supporting youth gardening projects, and various opportunities to help other community organizations.

If you have any other questions regarding the program, contact Peter Landre, executive director, at 315-536-5123.