Become an Advanced Louisiana Master Gardener

Sara Shields  |  4/20/2018 4:15:10 PM

Program Purpose: Certified Advanced Louisiana Master Gardener volunteers will extend the educational outreach capacity of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in areas such as home, school and community gardens, emphasizing environmental sustainability and nutrient management.

Program Requirements: The advanced Louisiana Master Gardener Program is open to current Louisiana Master Gardeners in good standing who have completed all initial coursework and at least three years of volunteer service.

Program Fee: $100 (plus expenses associated with Private Pesticide Applicator license)
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Program Expectations:

– Complete all three program phases.

– Demonstrate mastery of concepts by passing exams with a score of 70% or higher.

– Present information to public (LMG groups, civic organizations, etc.).

– Maintain required volunteer and continuing education hours.

Program Phases:

Phase 1:

Obtain Private Pesticide Applicator License

Submit application. Applications can be obtained through your local Master Gardener coordinator or online (see related files below).

Phase 2:

Complete 5 Core Classes

- Nutrient Management

- First Detector/Plant Diagnostics

- Integrated Pest Management

- Water Quality/Irrigation

- Communication Skills

Phase 3 :

Complete 2 Interest Area Classes

Proposed topics: Plant Propagation, Landscape Design, Greenhouse Management, Turf Management, Lawn Care, Fruit Crops, Vegetable Production, Ornamental Horticulture, Tree Selection and Care, Plant Materials, Composting/Mulching, Native Plants, School and Community Gardens, Pruning and Organic Gardening. Select topics will be offered each year.


Program Delivery:

Logistics regarding dates, times and locations for the core and interest area classes are still being determined. A tentative calendar can be viewed under related files below.

Class structure will be a mix of face-to-face and online presentation styles. Face-to-face classes will be offered multiple times throughout the state at regional offices. All classes will be recorded for later viewing as well. For core classes participants may choose to travel to a regional location or view the recording from home.

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