Purdue Extension is reminding northwest Indiana residents the Master Gardener class will be held virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes will be transitioned to online programs this fall, taking place on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Central Time beginning August 25th and running through mid-December. Extension specialists at Purdue University and across Indiana will offer classes on a variety of topics. Here is a link for more information on signing up through Purdue Extension-Porter County, with details on cost of the program, deadline to apply and more: https://bit.ly/2020VirtualMGClass
There will also be a one-hour weekly online meeting with local participants, to learn how the topic of the week applies to local gardeners. “Indiana is a long, north-south state, and our climate varies a great deal from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River,” said Jeff Burbrink, who was on the team that planned the event. “We wanted to be sure to have a local connection built into the program so that our Master Gardeners can see how these concepts work in their own backyard.” Porter County’s Local Hour will be immediately following the state webinar making the course go from 5:30pm-8:30pm Central.
To apply for the fall 2020 Purdue Master Gardener class, visit https://bit.ly/2020VirtualMGClass to read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide, then complete, sign, and return the volunteer application and agreement and send it to the Purdue Extension Office in your county.