Workforce Training in Landscaping & Garden Management
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Online Classes Launching in February - Hands-On Sessions in May

NGBH is offering a 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, this pilot program is being 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 will be held one evening per week beginning on February 23 and will 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. Two days of hands-on labs will occur in May 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 will prepare 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 has 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.

Native Gardens of Blue Hill
creating public gardens of Maine native plants
Blue Hill, Maine