People interested in plants and gardening and sharing their knowledge with other people can apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer, the Carlton County Extension office announced.

Applications are being accepted for the Carlton County Extension Master Gardener Program until October 31, 2020.

Those who are selected participate in an internship that starts with Master Gardener core course training in January 2021. The course is taught online through the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

After finishing their coursework, participants will complete volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture. The primary projects in Carlton County include plant sales, garden tours, community gardens and working at Q&A booths at local events.

Those who complete the internship will become certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. To retain the certification, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually.

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For an application packet and more information, please call the University of Minnesota Extension Carlton County, 218-384-3511 or email Ann Rust at rustx048@umn.edu.