The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is conducting a Master Gardener Training Program, to begin in October 2019. Applications are now being accepted for individuals who desire to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others in the community.

According to the press release, if selected, the candidate is given 40 hours of horticulture training and a comprehensive reference text. In return, the person volunteers 40 hours in their local county program over the course of one year and pursues an additional 20 hours of continuing education.

Training will cover basic botany, principles of horticulture, soils and fertilizers, vegetables, home fruit production, ornamental plants, lawns, pest control and pesticide use, etc. Cooperative Extension Service professionals, horticultural professionals and other specialists in their fields will conduct all training sessions.

Training is scheduled for Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 31 and November.