Applications are now available for the 2017 training class this fall. The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in soil health, tree identification, annual and perennial plants, insects, plant diseases, and other horticulture related topics to interested Ohio residents. Master Gardeners then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities in their community. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Working with Portage County Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; and developing community gardens.
The 12-week training will begin on September 11th and run through November 13th. Applications are due July 14th, 2017. Classes will be held at the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District Monday evenings from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., with three Saturdays required. The class fee is $225, with three scholarships available to Portage County residents.
Please contact Robin Christensen with questions or for an application at 330-296-6432 or e-mail at