WILLMAR — Applications are being accepted until Oct. 1 for new Master Gardener volunteers.

Those selected for the program will participate in an internship, which starts with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener core course training on Jan. 11.

The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.

Volunteer service may include answering plant questions by phone or at an information booth, writing a newspaper column or making a presentation to a community group.

The primary projects in Kandiyohi County include educational library tables at the Willmar and Spicer public libraries, newspaper articles, a TV segment on the local access channel and other community engagement opportunities.

After completing the internship, volunteers become certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually.

For an application packet and more information, call the University of Minnesota Extension Kandiyohi County office at 320-231-7890. For more information about the Extension Master Gardener program, go to www.mg.umn.edu.