Roots of consequence; Teton County to see collegiate-level farm and garden courses

TETON VALLEY, Ida. University of Idaho Extension office in Driggs will be offering a series of adult educational-meets-agriculture courses with scholarship opportunity starting in mid-January, 2020.

The courses, entitled “Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching” and “Teton Valley Master Gardening” cater to small farmers, ranchers, and gardeners interested in becoming certified Idaho Master Gardeners.

The Farming & Ranching course requires registration by January 10 and takes workshop form in a series that is part of the University of Idaho’s Small Farms training program called Cultivating Success. Aspiring farmers are aided in first steps toward setting goals, assessing available resources, and exploring crop and livestock enterprises.

The course consists of an intro webinar on January 14 from 7– 8 p.m. three full day in-class sessions, farm tours, and a wrap-up event. In-class sessions are scheduled for Saturday, January 18th; Saturday, February 22nd; and Saturday, March 21st each from 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at the Driggs University Extension office in Driggs.

The Master Gardeners course, which closes to registration by January 8, develops a trained volunteer network able to provide research-based horticultural education and technical assistance with gardening and home horticultural problems. Pupils of Master Gardeners receive 12 weeks of college-level lectures and hands-on training with University specialists, faculty, and local experts. Upon completion of the training, Master Gardeners are required to provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service, including plant diagnostic clinics, public outreach, community garden work, and help with public gardens or landscapes. Volunteers also work alongside neighbors, churches, schools, senior centers, and other organizations requesting help. All course requirements and volunteer hours must be completed to receive the certificate.

Master Gardeners commences on January 15 and repeat every Wednesday for 12 weeks during the hours of 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the University Extension office. Final class will be on April 8, 2020. And a certified Master Gardener will receive refunded of a $50 dollar deposit upon successful completion of course and volunteering.

The Cultivating Success program has been on offer since 2000. Its mandate calls for resource and skill development for the production of sustainable living and products.

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