Applications are open for Master Gardener Volunteer training beginning Oct. 10, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Knox-Lincoln and Waldo counties offices.

Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday until late November, and continue with three sessions next spring.

The seven-week course will focus on growing fruits and vegetables, including soil health, composting and organic matter, basic botany, pest and disease management, pesticide safety and volunteerism. After classes end, participants are required to volunteer in their communities at approved sites for community service and in other practical applications of continued learning.

Program fees are on a sliding scale based on annual household income. The application and more details are available online at Applications are due Sept. 5.

For more information or an application, or to request a disability accommodation, contact the UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln Counties Office, 832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104 or