The Cooke County Master Gardener program is an educational and volunteer program offered by the AgirLIFE Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. It is open to people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, handicap or national origin. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. These goals are implemented through the training and employment of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners.
Who is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are local volunteers in your community who work with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve your communities quality of life through various horticultural projects. Use the topics outlined below to help you learn about Master Gardeners and what it is we do:
- The Master Gardener Program
- Texas Master Gardener Certification
- Recertification of Master Gardeners
- When to Use the Texas Master Gardener Title
The Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve quality of life through horticultural projects.
Program objectives are implemented through the training and “employing” local volunteers, known as Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners aid Extension:
- answering telephone requests for horticultural information
- establishing and maintaining demonstration gardens
- working with special audiences in the community
- designing and implementing community improvement projects
- coordinating Master Gardener projects
Who are Texas Master Gardeners?
Texas Master Gardeners is a volunteer program designed to grow horticultural information throughout the state, town by town. To become a Texas Master Gardener, a participant attends 50 hours of instruction, conducted by the local Extension county agent, then shares this knowledge by donating 50 hours of volunteer service back to the community.
The touch of Texas Master Gardeners’ green thumbs can be found across the state -- in school garden projects, horticultural therapy projects, community gardens and demonstration gardens; by volunteers who also conduct gardening programs and answer gardening questions. Anything anyone wants to know about gardening, a Master Gardener can help. That includes young wannabe gardeners too – Master Gardeners help set up 4-H gardening clubs and Junior Master Gardener groups.
In fact, when it comes to green and growing things, Master Gardeners dig into their service in all kinds of ways: teaching, giving presentations, writing newsletters and articles, providing clerical help, and designing and maintaining Web pages.
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In 2008, more than 6,400 volunteers were Texas Master Gardeners, according to the organization’s annual report.
That year Texas Master Gardeners gave 2,200 presentations for a combined audience of 68,087 of their neighbors, and provided research-based horticulture information to 18,000 others.
Volunteers contributed 454,036 hours to horticulture-based educational projects in 2008, a benefit to the state that was worth $9 million.
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