Colorado Master Gardener Program grows gardeners and community volunteers

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The Colorado Master Gardener Program (CMG) is a statewide horticulture program offered by Colorado State University Extension. Its mission is to extend research-based information to Colorado gardeners and train them to use their knowledge within the community.

Colorado Master Gardeners work out of the local county Extension office to foster successful gardeners, develop partnerships and build stronger communities. This is done through the following types of volunteer efforts:

• Educational workshops.

• Speakers’ bureau.

• Farmers market, garden show and fair booths.

• Answering questions through email, on the phone or in person.

• Mentoring the use of community and school gardens.

• Mass media such as blogs, newspaper, radio and podcasts.

• Identifying plant pest problems.

• Demonstration and research gardens.

If you have a love of gardening and would enjoy sharing your passion with others, the Master Gardener program could be for you.

Or, for those who have transplanted to the San Juan Mountains from other states, gardening at over 7,000 feet can be a challenge. The Master Gardener program can help you gain the knowledge and skill necessary to be successful.

The CMG training program in Archuleta County is offered every other year and will be offered again in 2016.

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