2021 Master Gardener Volunteer Training

— Written By Jami Hooper
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Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Training

Craven County, Fall 2021

All sessions will be held at the Craven County Agricultural Building, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at noon, with the exception of a couple of 2-hour sessions. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but not every Tuesday & Thursday, so be sure to look over the schedule closely. We will practice social distancing and we request that you wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated. Be sure to visit the two links below for important information from NC State University regarding the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Craven County:

Become an Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer

North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Program Guidelines

The Master Gardener℠ volunteer notebook is optional, but there is a $50 state fee for all enrollees. For procedural reasons, this fee is not included in the Eventbrite registration. Some students become concerned when they have to miss one or two classes. From our perspective, we expect almost everyone will end up missing a class here and there. We ask that you do your best to get to the total of 40 hours of class time, and we’ll do our best to present an excellent educational experience.

Many other questions will no doubt arise, most of which we can best handle once we get started with classes. Email me at tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu for questions pertaining to this memo and the schedule.  

Please register through Eventbrite 

All classes begin at 9 a.m. and are presented by Tom Glasgow except where noted.

9/7      Welcome, quick overview of the course

Plant ID (outdoors if possible), plant morphology

9/14    Soil management and fertilization

9/16    Volunteer opportunities at the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic

Garden, presented by Lovay Wallace-Singleton

Planting and pruning for trees and shrubs

9/28    Pollinators, pollinator plants, annoying habits, presented by Hadley Cheris,

Tryon Palace

10/5    Turf Management, presented by Shawn Banks, County Extension Director,

Carteret County

10/12 Plant ID and plant morphology

10/14 Vegetable diseases, presented by Daniel Simpson, County Extension Director,

Pamlico County

Plant ID

10/19 Landscape and turf disease management

10/28 Landscape and turf weed management, invasive species

11/2   Diagnostics, Emilee Morrison, Horticulture Agent, Onslow County

Plant ID

11/9   Flowering annuals and perennials

11/16 Invasive species, David Pearce, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Tree fruits and small fruits for Craven County

11/18 Accessing the Master Gardener℠ volunteer website and resources, presented by Joanne

Celinski, Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Craven County

Tree selection and maintenance

12/7   Master Gardener state and county procedures & policy, presented by Jami

Hooper, Craven County Extension Administrative Assistant

Practical exam and review of answers

12/14 Luncheon for students and current Master Gardeners, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.