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Chris Ramsey is an agriculture extension agent in Sullivan County. His office is at 3258 Highway 126 in Blountville. You can reach him at 423-279-2723 or

The UT Extension Master Gardener program is a great way of connecting with great volunteerism opportunities and expanding your gardening knowledge. Our master gardeners enable the University of Tennessee to reach more people teaching them about horticulture. Our volunteers educate through demonstration gardens, plant clinics and workshops. Some volunteers enjoy digging and planting while others like leading projects, speaking to groups, writing news articles, and assisting with UT Extension programs. Last year, local volunteers contributed over 10,500 hours in their community. As a UT Extension master gardener, you will become a part of the University of Tennessee. You will have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the vast resources of UT Extension and make these available to citizens in your community.

The 2019 Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener classes will begin Aug. 6 and continue through Nov. 19. The sessions will be held Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center in Blountville, Tennessee. Contact Chris Ramsey, master gardener coordinator/UT Agricultural Extension agent, at 423-574-1919 to request an application. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1. Please call ASAP if you are interested in this program. The fee for the program is $185, which includes an extensive master gardener textbook, the graduation dinner, your name badge, and other related costs. A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded on an as needed basis. The application is also available by calling 423-574-1919.

If you decide to become a UT Extension master gardener, you will attend 40 hours of horticultural classes. Following graduation, you will be introduced to a number of community projects and mentor master gardeners. You will receive a newsletter from the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener Association and have the opportunity to become involved with this engaged network of Master Gardeners.

This program is open to anyone wishing to attend regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Chris Ramsey is an agriculture extension agent in Sullivan County. His office is at 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville, TN 37617. You can reach him at 423-574-1961 or

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