Space is limited for the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service’s fifth annual Allen County Master Gardener Youth Volunteer Program for children ages 8-12. Apply now at the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office. Space is limited.

The children will participate in a gardening curriculum, hands-on learning, and educational field trips. The students receive a handbook with gardening information and learn from instructors about: garden safety, plant propagation, soil fertilizer, vegetables, compost, and work composting, annuals, biennials, perennials, turf, and lawnmower safety, insects, plant diseases, herbs, wildlife, trees biotech, water gardening, cooking from your garden, weather and gardening, fairy gardens, and indoor plants. Classroom instructors include Purdue Master gardeners, Dr. Larry Yoder for Goshen College and Jason Morrison, naturalist.

Contact Ricky Kemery, Horticulture Educator at 481-6826 in the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Avenue on IPFW’s campus for an application. A registration fee of $30 covers the curriculum materials, plant materials, and supplies, as well as a T-shirt. The class will be limited to 20 students on a first-come, first served basis. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Phone the CES Horticulture Educator at 481-6826 – option 3 if you have questions. Also check out the web site at for additional information about the Allen County Master Gardener Youth Volunteer Program.

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