Thanks for the article. Here in Oregon, we pay $295 for 66 hours of classroom time and do 50 hours of volunteer work. To keep our certification, we have to register annually for classes and community volunteer time. No better way to keep current on just about all aspects of life in the garden. MG is hugely enriching, personally, and for community involvement. All the things that seem so daunting when you first consider enrollment, i.e., can I study? can I sit in a classroom all day?,
do I have the time or interest to volunteer?, just fade away when you absorb the information discussed.
MG's are a generous league, and gladly share their garden interests and experiences. I am often reminded that my best garden tips have come from an MG's experience rather than my local nursery
staff. I have certainly learned to be an efficient, thrifty gardner, from the lectures on composting,
additives, pesticides, etc. My garden is now a natural, beautiful thing, without the annual trip to nursery supply for all those items that I never needed.
I would encourage anyone considering the program to jump in and enjoy!