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2017 University Of Illinois Master Gardener Training AnnouncedU of I Extension News – November 2, 2016


2017 University Of Illinois Master Gardener Training Announced

University of Illinois Extension will be offering the Illinois Master Gardener Program beginning January 24, 2017 through April 4, 2017. This program is offered only one time per year and many area gardeners are anticipating the new sessions. Fall is an ideal time to plan for and register for the upcoming program to insure placement. All you need is a sincere desire to learn, and be willing to devote time to volunteering and on-going training.

The weekly classes will cover a wide assortment of topics. By the end of the program participant will have a broad knowledge of many horticulture topics that can be applied in many ways through University of Illinois Extension.

Each class is taught by a University of Illinois Extension Horticulture staff member that specializes in the subject matter being presented. The program includes a textbook that covers all sessions plus a whole lot more. Students say they refer to this book regularly throughout the year because it makes a great reference book with quality research based information.

A series of informal meet-n-greets are planned for each of the five unit counties. Each informal drop in meeting is scheduled to highlight the program and answer your questions. Classes will be split between Mt Vernon in Jefferson County, and Breese in Clinton County.

Dates for Meet-N-Greets- at the County Extension Offices

November 2, Marion County; 1:30 -3:30 p.m.

November 3, Clinton County; 4:00 -6:00 p.m.

November 15, Jefferson County; 4:00 -6:00 p.m.

November 16, Bond County, 1:30 -3:30 p.m.

November 17, Washington County; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Applications and interviews will need to be completed by January 16 to insure that delivery of books and supporting materials arrive in time for first class.

Please call Gail DeVilbiss at 618/526-4551 for Bond, Clinton, and Washington Counties or Chris Lueking at 618/242-0780 for Jefferson and Marion Counties.

Back to Basics: Home Brewing

November 12

Have you ever had an interest in home brewing? Join the DeWitt County Extension Educator, Doug Gucker, as he walks you through the basics of fermentation. During the presentation, he will show you how to make a simple mead, and will discuss the steps on making “homemade” ginger ale. As a special treat, he will bring some completed samples of the ale for the class to taste test.

This program will be offered at the Jefferson County Extension Office on November 12, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. The cost will be $15.00 per person, and will cover supplies, handouts, etc. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881