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Master Gardening Classes to Start

Fall's the time to get your hands dirty at the Middlesex County EARTH Center.

Fall's just days away, and so are evening classes for tillers of the soil 

A new season of Rutgers Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center, located at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue in South Brunswick. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County offers both daytime and evening programs. Middlesex County is currently the only county in New Jersey that offers the Master Gardeners course in the evenings. Pre-registration for the course is required. 

Master Gardeners are community volunteers, trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for 3 hours from mid-September through mid-April. The 60 to 70 hours of classroom instruction includes practical field experience. Outdoor, hands-on garden classes meet weekly for 3 hours from mid-April through mid-September (every other week in summer). New students create and care for a large demonstration gardens until they graduate, then they can pursue projects that interest them most.

Lecture topics covered include, but aren’t limited to: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources; and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer service towards Extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

For more info, call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.  To see what the Master Gardeners have been up to, read their newsletter available at the Master Gardeners page on the website www.mgmcnj.org.


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