If gardening is your passion, and you would like to be part of a team that educates youth and adults alike on the joys of gardening, consider becoming a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener.
The mission of the Extension’s Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” There are more than 3,000 Master Gardener volunteers in Illinois. Each year, they reach thousands of people and are a valuable resource to many schools, communities and youth programs and farmers markets.
Together, they teach classes and workshops, answer telephone inquiries concerning home horticulture, guide planting and educational demonstrations in community and school gardens, represent the program at the county and state fairs, and work with many community organizations to convey up-to-date, research-based gardening information.
The DeKalb County Master Gardener training will be offered on Mondays, beginning Sept. 24 through Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture (Farm Bureau Building), 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. In-person training costs $250, and will include the Master Gardener manual with helpful resources and other materials.
Submitted applications will be reviewed and interviews will be set up with Extension staff. Applicants must complete an application, interview and screening.
If you are interested in becoming a DeKalb County Master Gardener, contact University of Illinois Extension at 815-758-8194, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or stop by the DeKalb County Extension office at 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.