How to become a Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener
The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service provides training for future Master Gardeners. A series of fourteen classes begins August. Classes alternate from day to evening in successive years. Classes will be held at the Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center, 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville. A horticultural notebook is provided as part of the class fee. Extension agents and other experts share their knowledge and experience. Certificates of attendance are issued to those who complete the required number of classes. To obtain a Master Gardener Certificate, 40 volunteer hours and 8 continuing education units must be completed within the first year. To retain certification, each Master Gardener must complete 25 volunteer hours and 8 continuing education credits each year.
Chris Ramsey, the Sullivan County Extension Agent, is the program advisor. Contact him at 279-2723 for additional information or to sign up for the program.