University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties is accepting applications. Classes meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 through Nov. 15. and resume March 21 through May 2. The program will be held primarily at the UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln office, 377 Manktown Road in Waldoboro. Some classes will be at the Waldo County Extension office, 992 Waterville Road in Waldo. Carpooling is encouraged.

The 45-hour program offers research-based information from Extension specialists and industry experts. Core classes include an introduction to Extension and volunteerism, understanding soils and organic matter, basic botany, integrated pest and disease management, and pesticide safety. Specialized classes include growing vegetables, tree and small fruit for Maine, and food safety.

Participants also can plan and choose two hands-on workshops and after the course is complete in late spring, will begin volunteering at approved community sites. Projects include school and community gardens, conducting educational talks and workshops, growing and gleaning produce for food pantries, and civic beautification.

Tuition is $220 per person; limited financial assistance is available. The application deadline is Aug. 24. Applicants will be notified of acceptance; a required background check will be paid for by UMaine Extension.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Liz Stanley at 832-0343 or [email protected].