LISBON — University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties is accepting applications for its Master Gardener Volunteers Program.

Training is scheduled to begin from 4:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2,, at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls. The training continues Tuesday evenings through May 28, then takes a summer break, resuming Aug. 24–Oct. 15.

The program provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise for related activities in their communities. Gleaning at local farms during the harvest season is scheduled as one of many possible hands-on activities.

The $220 fee includes all materials; limited financial assistance is available. Apply online by Feb. 17. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 1. More information and the full schedule are available online.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact [email protected] or call 207-353-5550. 

Pictured from left are Master Gardener Volunteer trainee Maureen Andrew of Greene, Master Gardener Volunteers Jeff Newell of Durham and Jean Giggey of Bowdoin at Whiting Farm in Auburn after a gleaning session. All three are with the Androscoggin Gleaners.

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