|Fifteen area residents have completed the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener training in Carthage. The Master Gardener program is for people who may or may not have gardening experience, but are eager to acquire knowledge and share it with others. They have completed approximately 30 hours of training including topics such as vegetable and fruit production, insects, lawn care, trees and plant diseases. At the end of the training, they are asked to provide 30 hours of volunteer service to their communities during the coming year. The program is sponsored locally by the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Council.
Those completing the 2012 training program are (Carthage) Marian Abrams, Mary Jo Brown, Wesley Ritter, and Reba Smith, Karen Trotter; (Joplin) Samantha Knudtson and Jonathan Otero; (Carl Junction) Brenda Coleman; (Oronogo) Al Hashtroudi, Bob Myers and Debbie Woodmansee; (Carterville) Don Miller; (Webb City) Heath Reineke; and (Diamond) Susan Tuohy, Racine; and Eric Osen.
Additional information about the program can be obtained by contacting the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center in Carthage at (417) 358-2158. University of Missouri Extension improves people’s lives with education and research from the four campuses of the University of Missouri System and Lincoln University that focuses on high-priority needs of people throughout the state. Each County Extension Center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to these unbiased resources.