There is still time to make a green start to 2020 by enrolling in OSU Master Gardener training, which runs from January 16 through April 2 in Tillamook.

With classes from Oregon State University faculty and local volunteers, the course is designed for people who want to learn more about gardening on the Oregon Coast and then share what they learn with others.

Anyone with a sincere interest in gardening and horticulture, including gardeners, farmers and nursery workers are encouraged to participate in the 66-hour training.

The program was designed to provide in-depth training for local gardeners who will volunteer in the community to help the OSU Extension Service answer home and community horticulture questions for the public.

For those who have the time and desire to volunteer in their community, the fee for the training is $120, which includes the Sustainable Gardening text book and all class materials. Master Gardener graduates are required to provide 60 hours of volunteer service during the year after they complete their training, working with other Master Gardeners to answer questions at the OSU Extension office, volunteer at the Master Gardener Learning Garden and educating others in the community about gardening.

Those who do not have the time or desire to volunteer can take the training for a fee of $240 and receive a certificate of horticulture.

Classes are held from 9 am to 4:30 pm every Thursday at the Extension Service office, 4506 Third Street, Tillamook. Register online at https://bit.ly/TillamookOSUMasterGardener.

For more information, call 503-842-3433 or go to http://extension.oregonstate.edu/tillamook.

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