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JACKSON, MI -- The Jackson County MSU Extension Master Gardener program begins Sept. 4 and runs through Dec. 11, 2014. The class will meet Thursday evenings from 6-10 p.m. at the Jackson County MSUE office, 1716 Lansing Ave., Jackson, MI.

The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU's faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation's top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification.

Through these volunteer activities educating others, trainees extend their classroom knowledge to their community. Examples of volunteer projects and service may include:

  • Working with students to design an elementary school garden

  • Creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center.

  • Helping a neighborhood association create an urban garden.

  • Staffing plant clinics.

  • Designing and caring for gardens at senior centers, parks and other public sites.

  • Teaching others how to garden.

  • Establishing vegetable gardens to meet local nutritional needs.

  • Sharing environmentally-friendly gardening practices at community events.

  • Beautifying community sites for special events or community activities that attract local residents and tourists.

    For more information or to register for the Jackson County Master Gardener program, contact Katie Miedona at msue.jackson@county.msu.edu or call 517-788-4292.

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