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Master gardener classes start in March


Doña Ana County Cooperative Extension Service is accepting applications for the 2021 Master Gardener program. Because of public health orders, the program will be conducted online.

The program, open to all residents of Doña Ana County, begins Thursday, March 18, and will continue for about 16 weeks. There will be one class per week, held 1-4 p.m. each Thursday.

Attendees will view a designated pre-recorded video the week before class, followed with a Zoom Q & A session on Thursdays. These will be college-level classes concentrating on gardening in the Chihuahuan Desert, said county Agronomy and Horticulture Agent Jeffrey L. Anderson.

The program includes classes taught by New Mexico State University professors and regional specialists. Some of the topics are basic botany, integrated pest management (IPM), plant propagation and tree trimming.

To become a certified master gardener (CMG), students/interns must successfully complete the master-gardener training, Anderson said. Additionally, students must complete 10 hours of hotline duty and 20 hours of continuing education.  

To maintain CMG status, candidates must volunteer at least 40 hours each year: 10 hours of hotline duty, 20 hours of community outreach and 10 hours of continuing education.

The cost of the 2021 program is $150.

Class size is limited. Sign-up does not imply acceptance to the program.

Apply online at https://aces.nmsu.edu/county/donaana/mastergardener/. Click on “Apply to be A Master Gardener,” the fifth bullet on the left.