Become a Master Gardener™ in 2022!
October 14, 2021
Gardening education and advice is needed now more than ever. The OSU Extension Master Gardener program is training new community educators in 2022, who will help provide advice and support for Oregon's growing community of gardeners. Due to the COVID pandemic, training new Master Gardeners was put on hold for 2021-but that doesn't mean we took a year off. We've updated and redesigned how we deliver the program, making it accessible to more Oregonians and more reflective of community needs for training a new cohort of gardening education volunteers.
Master Gardener volunteer training is conducted by local county OSU Extension offices, with support and guidance by the statewide office. Master Gardener trainees will be able to access online classes and participate in local, in-person workshops. Fees for the training program have been slightly reduced, and many local Master Gardener Associations are making scholarships available to partially cover the costs of training.
In Lane County, weekly online courses will run from January 31 through March 31, followed by outdoor hands-on workshops between April and June (various dates). The cost of the Master Gardener Volunteer training is $200 tuition plus a $150 refundable deposit (deposit refunded upon completion of MG volunteer commitment). To apply go to the OSU Extension Service Lane County webpage (https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/lane/become-master-gardener-volunteer) and download the application form, call 541-344-5859 for assistance, or drop by the OSU Extension office at 996 Jefferson St. in Eugene. Application deadline is November 15, 2021.