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<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Master Gardener Volunteer Training Starts February 2014<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Master Gardener Program of Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension is planning a Master Gardener volunteer training to start in February 2014.&nbsp; The Master Gardener Program is a national
 program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand the agency's educational outreach by providing home gardeners with research-based information.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Master Gardener trainees should have a basic knowledge of gardening, enthusiasm for acquiring new knowledge and skills, good communication skills, and have the willingness and time
 to participate in volunteer activities.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Classroom training will take place Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00 pm, in Ithaca, from early February to mid-April.&nbsp; Hands-on, practical gardening skills will be taught in garden settings
 over the spring and summer, then classes will resume Thursday evenings in the fall.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Application materials can be downloaded here:
<a href="http://ccetompkins.org/calendar/13/12/12/master-gardener-volunteer-training">
http://ccetompkins.org/calendar/13/12/12/master-gardener-volunteer-training</a> &nbsp;and returned to Pat Curran at CCE- Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850-3555 by
<strong><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">January 1, 2014</span></strong>. &nbsp;Direct questions to Pat Curran at 272-2292 or
<a href="mailto:pc21@cornell.edu">pc21@cornell.edu</a>. <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled for January. &nbsp;</span></em><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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