Apply now for Master Gardener volunteer training


Applications are available for the 2015 University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Oxford counties.


Jan. 9 is the deadline to apply for training offered this winter and spring at the Oxford County UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris.

The first of the 14 sessions, held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, is Jan. 29. The last is May 15. Topics include botany, composting, extending the season and how to best grow apples and berries.

After completing training, participants are required to return 40 hours of volunteer work in Oxford County community garden projects, including with Maine Harvest for Hunger, One Tomato Project and South Paris Maine Veterans Home.

Class size is limited to 30, cost is $220 and limited scholarships are available. More information is online at


Also, for more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 743-6329.


UMaine Extension associate professor Tori Jackson and other experts will provide research-based horticultural training during the 14-week course slated to meet from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 26, at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham (unless otherwise noted). After graduation, master gardener volunteers are asked to contribute 40 hours toward community gardening projects in Androscoggin or Sagadahoc county.

Apply online at before 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. Enrollment is limited to 40. The program fee is $220; limited scholarships are available.

For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 353-5550 or contact [email protected]

More information is online at