Cornell Cooperative Extension — Herkimer County announces the 2022 Master Volunteer Training program. This program is for those interested in learning more about gardening and sharing that knowledge with the public through community-based volunteer activities.

The Master Gardener Training Program is held jointly with the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Delaware and Schoharie/Otsego counties. They are a mix of weekly online Zoom sessions with leading experts in garden-based learning, including botany, horticulture, soil health, and pest management, amongst other topics. Through the training period, there will also be monthly trips to gardens, arboretums, and university research labs. Training will be offered via Zoom on consecutive Mondays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, in-person learning experiences may be offered (but will not be mandatory). Classes begin on Monday, September 19, 2022, and run through March 13, 2023, except for holidays – twenty sessions altogether. The cost of the program training is $150.

Each Master Gardener makes a commitment of 30 hours per year of volunteer activity for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County’s educational and service initiatives. If this is of interest, please contact Herkimer CCE Master Gardener Program at 315-866-7920 or email us at herkimer@cornell.edu. The deadline to apply is August 26th, 2022. For those in Delaware, Schoharie, or Otsego Counties, please contact your CCE Office: Delaware: 607-865-6531; Schoharie & Otsego: 518-234-4303.