2018 SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training announced

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — The registration deadline for summer 2018 SDSU Extension Master Gardener training classes is May 19.

To become a Master Gardener, trainees must attend eight days of hands-on classroom training that will be held one day per week for eight weeks in three cities in South Dakota this summer. Supplemental training information will be available online for individuals to review. This year SDSU Extension also has a new South Dakota Extension Master Gardener training manual.

“This gives us a chance to directly interact with the Extension Master Gardener trainees and for them to get to know each other as well as other Extension Master Gardeners that are already in their area of the state,” said David Graper, SDSU Extension horticulture specialist and Master Gardener program coordinator.

The 2018 Master Gardener training class will cover botany, plant care and identification, soils, vegetable and fruit production, weed management, composting, integrated pest management, working as a Master Gardener and much more.

Huron, Pierre and Rapid City sites for 2018 Master Gardener Training

The hands-on training sites for 2018 are Huron, Pierre and Rapid City. Participants may attend any of the three sites; the topics presented each week will be repeated in all three sites that week.

The first class will include picking up their training manual and learning the log-in procedure to access the online material. Trainees will need access to a computer or tablet and an email address to access the online material.

All classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

The training dates are:

• Huron: (Tuesdays) June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24 and July 31.

• Pierre: (Wednesdays) June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and August 1.

• Rapid City: (Thursdays) June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 and August 2.

Registration deadline is May 19

To register for the 2018 SDSU Extension Master Gardener training complete the online application found at this link: Register Today at www.iGrow.org/events.

The class fee is $250 for individuals that commit to becoming SDSU Extension Master Gardeners.

To become an Extension Master Gardener, individuals must first become an intern.

Individuals must complete the course and pass the online final exam with a minimum of 80 percent. As an intern, they must then provide 50 hours of volunteer service back to the people of South Dakota over the next two years and report those activities using SDSU Extension online Volunteer Reporting System, to become a full-fledged Extension Master Gardener.

The fee for the course to obtain a Certificate of Recognition without the volunteer commitment is $600.

“This is a great option for individuals to receive the training for their own education or to better prepare them to work in the field of horticulture,” Graper said.

In both cases, the fee includes access to the online training materials, a resource manual and the hands-on classes.

Having trouble registering? Contact us at sdsu.sdmg@sdstate.edu or call 605-782-3290.