Located on the island of Hawai'i with administrative offices in Hilo, the East Hawai'i Master Gardener program strives to enhance the efforts of the gardening community by providing research based information and promoting sustainable horticultural practices.
Our climate zones range from the warm, dry desert of Ka'u to the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This diverse topography allows us to enjoy an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables year round, yet challenges us to manage the pests and diseases that threaten to destroy our bounty.
The gardeners we serve are no less diverse than the plants they grow, and we are fortunate to have a wealth of historical knowledge available to us in addition to the latest research. While the County Extension Agents and UH research personnel provide us with resources and expertise, we often learn along with, and many times from, the wonderful folks we serve.
Master Gardeners expand the outreach efforts of the Cooperative Extension Service by interacting with the gardening public in a variety of ways:
Master Gardener volunteer training is held annually early in the spring, and consists of forty hours of class time, lectures and field trips. Master Gardener volunteers commit to serving an equal number of hours in the coming year working on the Helpline and in support of Master Gardener programs. In addition to the wealth of information always available to the Master Gardener, volunteers enjoy working, learning, and laughing together! For more information on training, volunteer requirements and the application form, click here About East Hawaii Master Gardeners.
Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2014 class. The deadline for applying is December 6th, 2013. Class fees are $105. Classes will begin in late February till mid April, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am till noon at the Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana St., Hilo. For more information contact Andrew Kawabata at (808) 969-8251 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Mary Blair, Hawaii Island Master Gardeners
Photo credits: Nancy Hosticka, Patty Anger, Sandra Osborne