Extension to offer Master Gardener classesPublished 12:03pm Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Classes will be held every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. until May 8, inside the Central Alabama Farmer’s Coop, located on U.S. Highway 80 west. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 17.
With classes taught by Auburn University specialists and regional agents, Nelson said the program is an opportunity for individuals to learn and build relationships.
“What I’ve noticed from people in class, not only does it increase knowledge, it gives them a chance to network with those who have a passion for gardening,” Nelson said. “They (also) have a chance to give back to their community.”
With schools throughout the county such as Martin Middle School, Meadowview, Cedar Park, J.E. Terry and Salem elementaries also growing their own gardens, Nelson said the concept of gardening is a great teaching tool.
“I think it could be one of the things to fight against childhood obesity,” Nelson said. “When students are more likely to see how plants grow, they’re more likely to try them (and) know where food comes from. When they participate in food gardening projects, they get to see the things they’re studying in their textbooks, hands-on.”
For an application, visit the extension office, located at 429 Lauderdale St., or call 875-3200 for more information. Classes are limited to 25 participants.