INTERESTED in becoming a MASTER GARDENER?????
Thank you for your interest in the Florida Master Gardener Program! The course will be offered beginning January 19, 2017 for 15 weekly classes. The deadline for registration is January 16, 2017.
Your training as a Master Gardener will prepare you for your volunteer work under the direction of UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director, Les Harrison. This entire program will take 12 months. You will become a volunteer for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (IFAS) and will be providing services to the residents of Wakulla County and their home gardens.
MASTER GARDENER TRAINING FOR 2017
Classes begin on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and finish at noon. The $75.00 application fee covers all the materials and handouts you will need. Purchasing the UF/IFAS Master Gardener manual is optional at a cost of an additional $85. Class availability will depend on at least ten students registering.
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A MASTER GARDENER
The primary benefit of becoming a Master Gardener is the breadth and depth and quality of horticulture/gardening information you will gain. Your 50 hours of classroom and hands-on training will expose you to valuable information on fertilizer, garden pests, weather, herbicides, pesticides, organic vegetable gardening and more.
Your classmates with whom you will be studying and working are like-minded people who share your love of caring for plants.
The knowledge you will gain will help you improve your own garden and try out ideas you learn in class
Helping others: your friends, neighbors and IFAS clients. You will be working through the Extension office to provide research-based information about gardening, America’s most popular pastime.
You will be presented information on volunteer opportunities with 4-H programs as well as gardening programs at schools and at the Extension office.
As a Master Gardener trainee, you will have access to Extension trainers, facilities and informational sources
BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A MASTER GARDENER
Complete a Master Gardener Application
Pay the $75 application fee
Complete a background check
Complete the 50 hours of classroom and garden training
Complete 75 volunteer hours through the Wakulla Extension Office by December 2017. Volunteer hours include some work in the extension gardens, office work, approved community and school garden projects, 4H work and many other opportunities explained during your classes.
Complete 8 hours of continuing education hours which can be accomplished through several workshops offered in Wakulla County.
Checks should be made payable to: UF/IFAS Wakulla Extension
Return pages 3 & 4 of this form and your check by January 16, 2017 to 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL 32327, “Attention Ellen Brewer”. If you have any questions, please contact Les Harrison at 850-926-3931 or email email@example.com.