The Door County chapter of the Wisconsin Master Gardeners under the guidance of the UW Extension System is offering the training program for interested volunteers this winter and is now taking applications. The application deadline is Nov. 21, 2017.
Aside from possessing a genuine interest in gardening and a commitment to serve the community, no special expertise or knowledge is required. If accepted into the program, a new volunteer must:
- Complete 36 hours of education coursework. The training course begins early in January 2018 and is held every Wednesday night through the end of March from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Crossroads in Sturgeon Bay. There is a fee for training materials.
- Donate 24 hours of volunteer time for the association in a variety of ways.
- Pass a background check, as Master Gardeners may work with children.
- Pass an exam at the end of the program.
Once completing those requirements new volunteers will be certified as Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers through the UW Extension Master Gardener Program and become a member of the Door County Master Gardeners Association. Individuals enrolled with the Association for the training program can take part in any of the Master Gardener’s educational, social, and volunteer activities as soon as classes begin.
Application materials and required releases can be found at dcmga.org. Click on the “Become a MG” tab. The same materials are available at the UW Extension office in the Government Center at 421 Nebraska in Sturgeon Bay. The completed application forms need to be returned to that office by Nov. 21, 2017.