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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Home Horticulture Training

 

Note from WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Coordinator:

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to make some changes in how we do things. At this time, we will not be able to hold the traditional Master Gardener training course in person as we normally would. Instead, WSU has adapted and we are excited to offer Home Horticulture Training state-wide via the online webinar platform (Zoom). Classes will be 100% online with access to the WSU Master Gardener Online Training manual and modules.

 


 

WSU Offers Home Horticulture Training to Address Growing Gardening Needs

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out a resurgence in gardening as many people are looking for ways to grow their own food and stay active. Knowing where to start can be hard, and the amount of information available can be overwhelming; so to aid residential gardeners, Washington State University is offering a Home Horticulture Training in 2021, running via Zoom Saturday mornings from January to April.

Topics will include:
– vegetables
– soils
– fruits and trees
– invasive species
– plant pathology
– lawns
– weed management
– composting
– pruning
– climate change
– entomology
– integrated pest management
– …and more

This online comprehensive 15-week class will be taught by regional experts and WSU faculty and will require participation in weekly online quizzes and training modules.

Those familiar with WSU’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program will notice similarities in the curriculum. In fact, the training is based on the horticulture educational components of the WSU Master Gardener training. This training does not, however, certify the student to be or act as a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer in 2021 and does not require a volunteer commitment.

Those interested in becoming a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer should contact their local WSU Extension office for information regarding future training. You may be able to apply your Home Horticulture Training towards WSU Master Gardener certification, depending on your county.

The Home Hort training is available to residents statewide and will be separated into Eastern Washington and Western Washington cohorts in order to address differences in climate, soil structure, and species. The cost is $300 per person. Inquiry for scholarship information by contacting: Beth Chisholm, Master Gardener Coordinator – beth.chisholm@wsu.edu • (360) 778-5811

Home Horticulture Training

When:
January 9 – April 24, 2021
(no class April 3)
Saturdays, 9 am to Noon

Where:
All classes will be conducted through the online webinar platform, Zoom. Online quizzes and modules will be offered through WSU’s online Global Campus. Course correspondences will be done primarily via email.

Registration:
Registration opens November 14, 2020

Learn more and register here:
http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/

Required materials:
Home computer, Internet connection, active email account

Cost:
$300 per student