Applications for the 2013 Maui Master Gardener training are now available. The deadline to apply for the University of Hawai'i Cooperative Extension Service program is Oct. 15.
The 16-week class will meet on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, from Jan. 9 through April 24, 2013.
Among the topics covered will be botany, soils, plant propagation, Hawaiian native plants, common plant pests and diseases, weed management, pesticide and food safety, orchids, lawns, vegetables, tropical fruits, organic gardening and integrated pest management. Participants will learn how to disseminate unbiased, research-based information to the gardening community.
In exchange for the training, graduates of the course volunteer a minimum of 50 hours in order to become certified master gardeners.
Master gardener volunteers activities include staffing booths at Maui Fair, hosting plant clinics and plant sales, conducting workshops, developing and maintaining educational gardens, writing advice columns for local newspapers and operating the helpdesk at the Maui County Extension office answering gardening questions.
The classes are open to adults (18 years and over) who love gardening and want to learn and share their knowledge with others in their communities through volunteer educational services.
Classes will meet at the Community Services Building, room 205, on the University of Hawai'i Maui College campus, 310 Ka'ahumanu Ave.
The enrollment fee is $120 for training materials.
To receive an application to the program, contact Urban Horticulture Extension Agent Lorraine Brooks at 244-3242, ext. 229, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.