UMaine Extension master gardener volunteer training begins April 2

LISBON FALLS — University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties is accepting applications for its Master Gardener Volunteers Program.

Training is scheduled to begin April 2 and continues 4:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesday’ through May 28, takes a summer break, then resumes from Aug. 24 to Oct. 15. It will be held at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St.
The program provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, master gardeners volunteer their time and expertise for related activities in their communities.
Gleaning at local farms during the harvest season is scheduled as one of many possible hands-on activities.
The $220 fee includes all materials; limited financial assistance is available. Apply online by Feb. 17. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 1. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact; 207-353-5550.
More information and the full schedule are available at

PHOTO: Gleaning is one of the activities UMaine master gardener volunteers to. From left, r gardener volunteer trainee Maureen Andrew of Greene, master gardener volunteers Jeff Newell of Durham and Jean Giggey of Bowdoin at Whiting Farm, Auburn, after a gleaning session. All three are with the Androscoggin Gleaners. (Submitted photo)