Locals work to become Master Gardeners

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Nineteen members of the 2014 class of Carroll County Master Gardeners take a break, joined by Carroll County extension agent Randy Forst, before taking their final examination on Saturday.

BERRYVILLE -- Nineteen members of the 2014 class of the Carroll County Master Gardeners completed their required classroom work Saturday at the St. Anne Catholic Church fellowship hall.

The initial classroom work involves instruction by educators from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension offices and ends with the students taking an exam covering the classroom lessons.

The classroom work is required for those seeking to become Master Gardeners, explained past CCMG President Will Schell.

"Then they have to complete an additional 20 hours of education and perform 40 hours of community service," he added.

There are several ways to gain the education hours, Schell explained. Students may earn their educational hours by attending regular monthly meetings or attending the workshops at the annual Arkansas Master Gardeners meeting.

Community service hours are earned by helping at the Carroll County Fair Master Gardeners booth or with horticulture department check-in, or working on any of the CCMG's county projects -- which include the Green Forest Square, the Berryville Public Library, the fairground entries.

"We usually have one class per year," Schell said. "So that means that the next class will be at this time next year."

For information on the Carroll County Master Gardener program, contact the University of Arkansas Carroll County Extension Office at 870-423-2958 or 909B Freeman Switch Rd. in Berryville.

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