Communicating IPM: A train the trainer module on getting lay gardeners to do IPM is a self-directed course for Extension Master Gardeners and Extension professionals (program coordinators, specialists, agents) or anyone who seeks to effectively communicate Integrated Pest Management to the gardening public. Participants will learn to communicate IPM to the gardening public using a scientifically drive communication theory designed to increase the success of gardeners adopting recommended IPM practice in their home gardens and landscapes.

For more information contact: Mary Meyer at meyer023@umn.edu or Karen Jeannette at karenjeannette@extension.org

School gardens are proven to help youth establish healthy eating habits, connect them with math and science curriculum in the garden, and teach them to be environmental stewards.  Just Add Water: School Garden Workshop for Teachers will give teachers, parents, and school administrators and volunteers the skills they need to implement a successful school garden program.

For information contact: Ariel Agenbroad at ariel@uidaho.edu

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT) is a cooperative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The training consists of 10 online, self-paced modules, which cover the knowledge areas in which one must be proficient in order to become a Certified Fertilizer Applicator (CFA) in Virginia. 

Individuals who successfully complete all 10 modules will receive proof of satisfactory completion of the training, which can be submitted to VDACS as part of the CFA online application. 

For more information or to enroll contact: Mike Goatley, Turfgrass Extension Specialist / Professor Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech at goatley@vt.edu

By taking this course, students will learn: good ag practices that help prevent foodborne illness from fresh produce. If you are an urban gardener and produce food for family and friends, this is the course for you.

This course contains audio and video so you will need a computer that can play both.

For more information or to enroll please contact: Cindy Brison 

Growing Apples with IPM is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners.  Students will learn what to consider when planting an apple tree, and IPM-based strategies for controlling common pests and diseases.  Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or 
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota

Growing Conifers with IPM is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners. This course will cover the basics on what to consider when planting conifers, as well as IPM-based strategies for controlling common pests and diseases. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll please contact: 
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or 
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota

In the 'Growing Healthy Shade Trees with IPM' course, Master Gardeners will learn to select, manage, and care for trees, especially maple oak, and honeylocust in home landscapes.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs. 

For more information, contact:  Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota, meyer023@umn.edu

In the 'Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with IPM' course, Master Gardeners will learn the best maintenance techniques for growing brambles, including insect and disease management. This course places special emphasis on a new insect pest, the spotted wing drosophila.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs.

For more information, contact Mary Meyer University of Minnesota, at meyer023@umn.edu

In the 'Growing Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins with IPM' course, Master Gardeners will learn about growing cucurbits, including plant selection and insect and disease management.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs.

For more information, contact:  Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota, meyer023@umn.edu

Growing Strawberries with IPM is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners. Students will learn the basics on what to consider when planting strawberries, as well as IPM-based strategies for controlling common pests and diseases.Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota

Growing Tomatoes with IPM is designed for Master Gardeners who will learn how to prevent pests on tomatoes from the beginning to the end of the growing season through lessons on variety selection, best planting practices, and cultural information and will be instructed on how to recognize leaf spots, early and late blight and bacterial spot.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs.

For more information, contact:  Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota, meyer023@umn.edu

Idaho Victory Garden is designed for individuals interested in learning more about creating a Victory Garden on their property. No prerequisites are required. Prepare your family to grow, eat and preserve fresh, healthy food and save money doing it. For more information or to enroll contact Montessa Young, University of Idaho, at montessay@uidaho.edu or Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho, at ariel@uidaho.edu

Idaho Victory Garden is designed for individuals interested in learning more about creating a Victory Garden on their property. No prerequisites are required. Prepare your family to grow, eat and preserve fresh, healthy food and save money doing it. For more information or to enroll contact Montessa Young, University of Idaho, at montessay@uidaho.edu or Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho, at ariel@uidaho.edu

In this self-directed module on general plant diagnostic concepts, Master Gardener Volunteers will learn how to approach diagnostic dilemmas, how to ask questions and how to become a better diagnostician.

Teacher: Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension, ellsworth.2@osu.edu

Managing Invasive Species in Landscapes is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners.

Students will learn how to identify and manage a variety of invasive species such as spotted wing drosophila, brown marmorated stink bug, Japanese beetles, and downy mildew. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll please contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota


Mitigating Pollinator Decline in Landscapes is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners. Students will learn the basics on different kinds of bees, why they are in decline, and how homeowners can work to conserve them in the landscape. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll please contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota


This blended course is for Ohio volunteers enrolled in 'The Power of Pollinators" specialization. For more information contact Denise Ellsworth at ellsworth.2@osu.edu

Texas Vegetable Gardening is an online course for gardeners who are interested in growing vegetables.  In this course learners will go through 12 modules that include video presentations from other vegetable experts, quizzes, and assignments.

For information on how to register for this course contact: Joe Masabni with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at jmasabni@tamu.edu

The Power of Pollinators provides materials and resources to empower Extension Master Gardeners, Certified Volunteer Naturalists and others to teach about pollinators with three PowerPoint programs (including notes and resources). Contact: Denise Ellsworth (ellsworth.2@osu.edu) at The Ohio State University.

Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases: Lyme disease, blacklegged ticks and more is a self-directed online course for hunters, gardeners, university extension employees and volunteers, natural resource managers, veterinary professionals,and others. By completing this course learners wil be able to: describe basic tick biology; identify common ticks of the Midwest; list common tick-borne diseases and identify their tick vectors; summarize preventive measures to prevent tick bites; and locate factsheets, websites and other tick and tick-borne disease resources. This program qualifies for 2 CE hours from the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board.

For more information contact Denise Ellsworth, The Ohio State University at ellsworth.2@osu.edu

The Vermont Master Composter training course offers an in-depth study of backyard composting. UVM Master Gardeners and others interested in home, school and community composting who take this course will learn about the many different ways to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient rich soil.

For more information, contact: Beret Halverson at beret.halverson@uvm.edu

The cost of this course for Vermont residents is $50. To purchase and enroll in this course, click on the following button:


The Vermont Master Composter training course offers an in-depth study of backyard composting. UVM Master Gardeners and others interested in home, school and community composting who take this course will learn  about the many different ways to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient rich soil.

For more information, contact: Beret Halverson at beret.halverson@uvm.edu

The cost of this course for non-Vermont residents is $150.  To purchase and enroll in the course, click on the following link: