Registration for East Hawaii Master Gardener training extended

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Assistant Extension Agent, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource

Master Gardener

Extension agent Ted Radovich (in red) trains Master Gardeners. Photo: Angelica Covington.

Master Gardener Ed Olsen Moore provides a tour of his garden. Photo: Becky Settlage.

Anyone with an interest in becoming a resource for home and school gardeners can apply to become a Master Gardener. The East Hawaiʻi Master Gardeners has extended the deadline for applications for the 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program until January 20. Courses begin January 23 and run through April.

Trained and advised by extension agents from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, East Hawaiʻi Master Gardener volunteers will be trained on various course topics including:

  • Basic botany
  • Native Hawaiian plants
  • Invasive plant species
  • Tropical ornamental plants
  • Plant nutrition
  • Soil fertility and nutrient management
  • Insect and plant disease management
  • Plant propagation and pruning
  • Fruit and vegetable crops
  • Natural gardening
  • Diagnosing plant health problem

Upon completion of the program, East Hawaiʻi Master Gardeners can provide their knowledge at “plant doctor” booths or information helplines, help schools manage their educational gardens and educate students about the importance of plants, manage invasive pests like Little Fire Ants and other projects. The group is also starting work on a beekeeping initiative in collaboration with the Big Island Beekeepers Association.

Those interested can apply online. The fee for the course is $200. Classes meet Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Komohana Research Center, 875 Komohana St., D-202, in Hilo.

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