Workforce Training in Landscaping & Garden Management
in partnership with
Plans are in the works for a Fall 2022 session!
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Hands-On Sessions & Online Classes

NGBH has completed 2 sessions of its Certificate Program in Sustainable Landscaping & Garden Management in partnership with Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) to meet the high demand for skilled landscape and garden workers.

Thanks to generous grant funding from the Maine Quality Centers program and Maine Community College System, the 2021 pilot program was offered tuition-free.

The program seeks to provide workforce-ready training for adults (18 and older) who are currently unemployed, underemployed, or displaced as a result of COVID-19.

Online classes are held one evening per week and cover topics such as work readiness, garden maintenance and planning, choosing the right plant, 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. Instructors with decades of experience will impart key knowledge and skills required for employment success.

This program prepares participants for employment with nursery and landscaping businesses and will introduce industry employers seeking new hires. Upon completion, participants will also be equipped to work independently as gardeners.

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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.

Development of this program has been made possible through the generous support of the Anahata Foundation.