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Extension program offers winter relief for gardeners

Tyler Baskfield

Most gardeners have put away their tools and have to wait out the winter before sinking their hands into the cool spring soil. For those who can’t wait for the ground to thaw, there is a program that can help scratch their gardening itch.

The Moffat County Extension Office is offering a program to help people become master gardeners. Anyone with extra time who is willing to pay a reasonable cost can be part of the program.

Master gardener training begins Jan. 18 and meets every Tuesday through March 28. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be taught by people knowledgeable and experienced in horticulture. According to Ann Franklin, Moffat County Extension agent, instructors are experts from throughout the state who work for the Extension Office.

Subjects include vegetables, botany, soils, trees, insects, fruit, flowers, environmental issues, pesticide safety, turf and disease.

There is a cost to become a certified master gardener, along with 50 hours of service in exchange for the training. There are many ways people can volunteer time and it can be individualized to fit personal schedules. According to Franklin, it is the volunteer part of the class that makes the program unique.

“They can get the training for a low cost and they really help us out,” said Franklin. “They can answer questions over the phones at the Extension Office, help us put on workshops, or go to on-site visits. And we are open to suggestions.”

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Without the 50 hours of donated time the program cost increases dramatically.

Classes will be held at Hayden Town Hall. To register, or for more information, call 824-9180 or stop by the Moffat County Extension Office. The deadline for registration is Jan. 10. Anyone is welcome regardless of experience.

“It’s for everybody from beginners to experts,” said Franklin. “All it takes is an interest in gardening.”