Beewatching’s Blog

A plug for Master Gardeners
March 17, 2009, 6:54 am
Filed under: 1, education, Master Gardeners

Most, if not all, states have universities whose agricultural, animal and landscape knowledge is made available to the public free or at very low cost through cooperative extensions. In Michigan, the resources come through Michigan State University, in Pennsylvania it’s Penn State, in New York, it’s Cornell University offering their knowledge to benefit homeowners, landscapers and farmers.

Homeowners can also email or telephone for advice from Master Gardeners in many of these states. These are volunteers trained to assist their neighbors by looking up solutions and recommendations for home and garden. Master gardeners also participate in local events and offer talks and presentations for interested groups. Like gardening? Like talking and reading about gardening? You can be a master gardener. No degrees in horticulture or landscaping are required, just a willingness to learn and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with other gardeners in your area. You can find out more by contacting your county’s extension office.

Here is a link to New Jersey’s Cooperative Extension, managed by Rutgers University:


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