The University of Delaware’s New Castle County Cooperative Extension congratulated the class of 2011 New Castle County Delaware Master Gardener Volunteer Educators in a graduation ceremony held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at the New Castle County Cooperative Extension office.
Every two years the organization seeks to re-invigorate and increase its volunteers, and since this year was a “training year,” training was held from March to May for New Castle County Master Gardeners, who receive certification only after participating in a rigorous training course and completing the specified hours of volunteer service.
In order to receive certification, the Master Gardener Trainees must successfully complete a 3-month training session that translates into 72 hours of horticultural course work. They train as apprentices in the following Master Gardener Volunteer committees: Youth Education, Workshops and Telephone/Diagnostics. Finally, they must complete 40 hours of volunteer service in New Castle County prior to the end of the 2011 year.
Delaware Master Gardeners bring environmental education and the joy of horticulture into classrooms, homes, communities, and demonstration gardens throughout the county. They offer science-based guidance on home lawns and gardens, develop demonstration gardens and community service projects, run gardening workshops for adults, conduct youth outreach, and staff the Garden Line telephone service. Through the Junior Gardener program, one of its most extensive outreach efforts, New Castle County Master Gardeners bring environmental education about resources, recycling and composting to classrooms.
Anyone interested in becoming a New Castle County Master Gardener in 2013 should contact the Cooperative Extension office at (302) 831-2667 or (302) 831-2506, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested may also visit the New Castle County Master Gardener website.
The full list of those who completed the Master Gardeners Volunteer Educator program can be found here