A Purdue Master Gardener program will begin in January for residents of Huntington County and surrounding areas.
The volunteer training program helps participants increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. After completing the program, participants represent Purdue University as volunteers, sharing knowledge while providing educational gardening activities within their communities.
Master Gardener intern training will be held at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 14 and ending March 11. Class topics will include soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants. The fee covers all materials.
Class members will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs. The Huntington County Master Gardeners currently maintain demonstration gardens at Salamonie Reservoir and the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, hold workshops for the community and engage youth in gardening activities.
For an application or additional information, contact Ed Farris, agriculture and natural resource educator with the Huntington County office of Purdue Extension, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington, or call 358-4826. Class size is limited. The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 17.