Workforce Training in Landscape & Garden Management
Next session September 16 - November 18, 2023
Hands-On Sessions & Online Classes
in partnership with
To learn more & register for the program:
KVCC course registration
In 2021, NGBH developed a Certificate Program in Sustainable Landscape & Garden Management in partnership with Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) to meet the high demand for skilled landscape and garden workers by providing high-level training for those interested in a career in this field. This program is now one of KVCC's course offerings and is open to both newcomers and those already working in this field who are interested in advancing their knowledge and skills.
"I came away from the program feeling more confident in how to promote and work with native plants in my own gardening ventures." —K.S.
"This class was a great opportunity to learn from experienced professionals passionate about sharing their knowledge and improving how landscapes are managed.... I was introduced to local industry professionals and programs."
"Little did I realize how much this program would feed my already intense interest and passion for native plants. It provided the impetus to continue this newly fueled trajectory which led to starting my own business."
—Ivonne Vazquez, Bas Rouge Farm & Forge
Scholarships to help defray the course fee are available for employees recommended by their employers for this program. This generous funding is made possible through the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine's Workforce.
Those interested in the course and in need of financial assistance who do not qualify for Harold Alfond Center funding are invited to click here to apply for an NGBH scholarship.
Online classes are Tuesdays from 6-9PM, September 19-November 14, and cover topics such as work readiness, garden maintenance and planning, working with native plants, and understanding soil and water, with a focus on land stewardship.
Three hands-on labs during the session are located at the Native Gardens site in Blue Hill on the following Saturdays: September 16, October 14, and November 18. Instructors with decades of experience will impart key knowledge and skills required for employment success.
For more information, email us or use the contact form below.
Development of this program has been made possible through the generous support of the Anahata Foundation.
The Downeast Innovation Fund of Maine Community Foundation awarded NGBH a capacity-building grant for 2021 to ensure a strong foundation for NGBH's expanded mission and programming. A community-building grant from Maine Community Foundation in 2022 supports NGBH's ongoing efforts.