Here is another chance to get involved in an area Master Gardener Program.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is conducting the Master Gardener Training Program beginning in October. Applications are now being accepted for individuals who desire to sharpen their horticulture skills and then share their knowledge with others in the community.

If selected , the candidate is given 40 hours  of horticulture training and a comprehensive reference text. In return, the person volunteers 40 hours in their local county program over the course of one year and pursues an additional 20 hours of continuing education.

Training will cover basic botany, principles of horticulture, soils and fertilizers, vegetables, home fruit production, ornamental plants, lawns, pest control and pesticide use and more. Cooperative Extension Service professionals, horticulture professionals, and other specialists in their fields will conduct all training sessions.

Training is scheduled for October 17,24,31, and November 7,14. Registration fees of $125 per individual or $200 per couple(sharing their comprehensive text) will be charged to cover all supplies. Candidates are required to attend all classes to receive a certificate of course completion. The deadline for completed applications is Monday October 1. For an application or more information you can call 870-779-3609 or visit their website.