Master Gardener program offered in IM

CRYSTAL FALLS—The Michigan State Extension is offering a Master Gardener program from Jan. 13 through April 26 in Iron Mountain.
    The program will be held from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Bay West College. Registration is now open at:  msue.anr.msu.edu/events/master_gardener_training_course_iron_mountain_dickinson_county.
    The Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program is a volunteer training certification program consisting of two components. The first component required to gain certification is to complete the 45-plus hours of classroom instruction. This runs for 14 weeks, and participants have to commit to attending the sessions. Some exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances. A variety of Michigan State University Extension educators and specialists, as well as some local professionals, assist with the teaching of the sessions.  
    After completing the classroom portion, participants need to complete at least a 40-hour volunteer project which focuses on teaching others more about proper gardening techniques in a community setting.  
    Volunteer projects can and do focus around community beautification, youth gardening, food gardening, environmental sustainability, and extending MSU Extension’s resources.
    All have the main focus of EMGs teaching others about gardening while they work together to beautify an area, enjoy the peacefulness that a garden often brings, exposing youth to the joys of nature, growing food to share with others, or teaching about natural resources.     
    Registration is due by Jan. 11. For more information, contact Rebecca Krans, Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture educator, and Upper Peninsula Extension Master Gardener Program coordinator, at kransr@anr.msu.edu or at 875-0606.