The Lawrence County Extension looks to recruit 15 Lawrence County individuals 16 years of age and over for the Alabama Master Gardener Program this year.

Participants must be ready to commit to 13 weeks for the program to become an Alabama Master Gardener, County Extension Coordinator Donna Shanklin said. 

The program provided and administered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is an educational program to train and certify individuals who then volunteer their expertise and time in support of the Cooperative Extension effort as well as organizations that foster horticultural science and best practices in local communities, Shanklin said. 

Typical sessions in the 13-week course include integrated pest management, plant selection, soils, insect identification, plant disease management and more. Taylor Reeder, the Regional Agent in Home and Grounds, will coordinate the program.

Registration costs $150 per participant and includes all study materials, including a Master Gardener book valued at over $40.00. Participants must also complete an application and submit to a background check, Shanklin said.

“Plans are to have the class start in September and run thru mid-November – if we get 15 paid students,” she said. 

For more information, call the Lawrence County Extension Office at 256-974-2464. 

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