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Cooperative Extension offers Master Gardener volunteer training program for 2016

—Lynda Garvin

Applications are now being taken for the NMSU Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Program for 2016. The program is designed to train volunteers to educate and inform members of their communities about appropriate, sustainable, and environmentally friendly gardening techniques.

The 16-week course will begin on January 12, 2016, and end April 26, 2016. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Sandoval County Extension Office, located in the Sandoval Court House in the Town of Bernalillo.

To become certified as a Sandoval County Master Gardener, you are required to complete the forty hours of classes, which includes testing and thirty hours of volunteer work.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program has limited seating, with first priority given to Sandoval County residents. The deadline to apply is December 11, 2015. The cost is $125 dollars. The class fills quickly with a wait list so early registration is advised.

For more information and to obtain a Master Gardener application, contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service at 867-2582 or toll free 1 (800) 678-1802. The application is available online on the Sandoval Master Gardener website: The training schedule and instructors will be posted on the website as soon as they are finalized.

An information meeting for those interested in the Master Gardener program will be held on September 10, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the classes, call 867-2582 during the application process.

Beware of toxins in E-cigarettes”

The number of E-cigarette users, especially among young people, has soared in recent years, but little is known about the long-term health risks for users and the risks of breathing in second-hand aerosol.

E-cigarettes are not yet regulated by FDA and so manufacturers have been able to introduce these products to the market without having to test them for potentially harmful substances, adhere to good manufacturing processes, or meet other standards to minimize risk.

The vast majority of e-cigarettes sold in the United States are produced in China.

Registration starts for composter training

Master Composters are volunteers educated in the science, art, materials and methods of various home-composting techniques. They then share composting information with the community. The Bernalillo Extension Master Composters will offer their 25-hour training on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings from October 14 through November 10. Complete information, schedule, and application are available at

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