Registration for 2022 OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Jackson County Open through December 31, 2021!

Our Mission: Cultivating resilient and healthy communities throughout Oregon through sustainable horticulture education and gardening projects that are rooted in science and that are supported by OSU Extension volunteers.

Our Vision: We provide accessible and equitable education programs that nurture life-long learners and volunteers who can expand the reach and impact of science-based sustainable gardening practices to benefit all Oregonians.

Attend the hands-on, in-person garden labs. Garden labs will run from approximately 23 Feb to 20 May with a total of eight to 12 sessions. They will be held Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30 am and repeated 12:30 – 2:00 pm; choose one time per lab that works best for you. Topics may include (based on instructor availability): Fruit tree pruning, grapevine pruning, pesticide safety, plant propagation, tree & woody plant identification, insect identification, plant problem identification & diagnosis, soils & compost, vegetable gardening, pollinators & gardening for wildlife, and weed identification & management

3. Complete 45 hours of volunteer service by October 22, 2022. Of the required volunteer hours, at least 21 hours must be in the Master Gardener Plant Clinic, which operates out of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) and at the Growers’ Market in Medford. Twelve hours will be completed in the demonstration gardens, also at SOREC. Four hours will be devoted to supporting the Master Gardener Association plant sale. You can then choose from several other options for the remaining 8 hours, which the coordinator will communicate to you as they arise throughout the year.

Location: Virtual/Zoom for the modules, and most garden-labs will be held at SOREC, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502. Depending on instructor availability, field trips are also a possibility.

Cost: The cost of the training helps to support instructors, program supplies, and includes a copy of the textbook Sustainable Gardening, which will be used for readings. The text was specifically prepared for the Master Gardener Program training by Pacific Northwest Extension professionals.

There are three payment options; you may self-select which works for you:

Scholarship need discount: $200
Regular cost: $250
Sponsorship (pays a little more to support another student): $300

A payment plan can also be arranged if you’d like to pay on a monthly basis (for example, $50 per month over 5 months).

Ready to register? When you register, your application will be reviewed for acceptance, and your payment will not go through until you have been formally accepted (and you will be notified). Registration will be open until 11:59 PM PST on 31 Dec 2021.

Apply for the next program below:

Apply Online for the Program Here

For those of you that would like to complete the education portion of the program from the comfort of your home or according to your own schedule, try our one-of-a-kind Master Gardener online program, which offers great options for enthusiasts and pro gardeners alike.

View the Online Program Here

Interested in improving your horticultural knowledge and skills, but not necessarily interested in volunteering?  Click here to learn about non-volunteer options: CLICK HERE

All other questions should be directed to:
Erika Szonntag, Jackson County Master Gardener Coordinator