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2022 Master Gardener Program Training - Jackson County

Registration for the 2022 OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Jackson County is now closed. Stay tuned for registration for the 2023 program beginning autumn 2022.

Our Mission: Cultivating resilient and healthy communities throughout Oregon through sustainable horticulture education and gardening projects that are rooted in science and that are supported by OSU Extension volunteers.

Our Vision: We provide accessible and equitable education programs that nurture life-long learners and volunteers who can expand the reach and impact of science-based sustainable gardening practices to benefit all Oregonians.

Information about the training: We are delighted to be offering the 2022 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training in a hybrid format this coming year. If you are ready to become a volunteer community educator, read on! Registration link is located at the bottom of this page.


Program Requirements: There are three main parts to the training, and completion of all components is required by 31 Oct 2022 to graduate.

1. Watch pre-recorded modules, which are delivered by OSU Extension Horticulture faculty. These will be released on a weekly basis. You must also attend the live Zoom meetup on the Thursday of each week that a topic opens (see table below, *topics subject to change). The Zoom meetups will be an opportunity to connect, dive deeper into topics presented that week, and more.

Week

Date (week of)

Topic

Live Zoom Meetup (Thursdays 4 - 5 pm)

1

7-Feb

Nuts and Bolts of Being a Master Gardener Volunteer

10-Feb

Botany Basics

2

14-Feb

Soils and Compost

17-Feb

Vegetable Gardening

3

21-Feb

Introduction to Entomology

24-Feb

Plant Pathology

4

28-Feb

Diagnosing Plant Problems

3-Mar

Pesticide Safety

5

7-Mar

Integrated Pest Management

10-Mar

Introduction to Plant Clinic

6

14-Mar

Sustainable Landscape Design

17-Mar

PNW Native Plants

7

21-Mar

Herbaceous and Ornamental Plants

24-Mar

Woody Landscape ID using the OSU Landscape Plant Database

8

28-Mar

OSU's Inclusive Extension Educator Training

31-Mar

2. Attend the hands-on, in-person garden labs. Garden labs will run from approximately 23 Feb to 20 May with a total of eight to 12 sessions. They will be held Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30 am and repeated 12:30 – 2:00 pm; choose one time per lab that works best for you. Topics may include (based on instructor availability): Fruit tree pruning, grapevine pruning, pesticide safety, plant propagation, tree & woody plant identification, insect identification, plant problem identification & diagnosis, soils & compost, vegetable gardening, pollinators & gardening for wildlife, and weed identification & management

3. Complete 45 hours of volunteer service by 31 Oct 22. Of the required volunteer hours, at least 21 hours must be in the Master Gardener Plant Clinic, which operates out of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) and at the Growers’ Market in Medford. Twelve hours will be completed in the demonstration gardens, also at SOREC. Four hours will be devoted to supporting the Master Gardener Association plant sale. You can then choose from several other options for the remaining 8 hours, which the coordinator will communicate to you as they arise throughout the year.

Location: Virtual/Zoom for the modules, and most garden-labs will be held at SOREC, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502. Depending on instructor availability, field trips are also a possibility.

Cost: The cost of the training helps to support instructors, program supplies, and includes a copy of the textbook Sustainable Gardening, which will be used for readings. The text was specifically prepared for the Master Gardener Program training by Pacific Northwest Extension professionals.

There are three payment options; you may self-select which works for you:

Scholarship need discount: $200
Regular cost: $250
Sponsorship (pays a little more to support another student): $300

A payment plan can also be arranged if you'd like to pay on a monthly basis (for example, $50 per month over 5 months)

Ready to register? When you register, your application will be reviewed for acceptance, and your payment will not go through until you have been formally accepted (and you will be notified). Registration will be open until 11:59 PM PST on 31 Dec 2021.

Click here to access registration for the 2022 Master Gardener Program Training

Contact Erika Szonntag, program coordinator, at [email protected] or 541-776-7371 x206 with any questions. Thank you for your interest and hope to see you in class!

Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials—without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status—as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by 1/15/2022 to Erika Szonntag, Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 541-776-7371 x206 or [email protected].

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