Spring 2017 Classes are being scheduled – Invitation from Lori Broughton, Ph.D., Hays County Master Gardeners President

January, 2017

Dear Texas Master Gardener Training Applicant:

The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System.  The volunteers are highly trained and provide proven, researched based programs to the citizens of Texas.

In the Hays County Master Gardener Association, a trainee will be required to attend over fifty hours in specialized training courses.  The program offers instruction in lawn care; ornamental tree & shrubs; insects, disease and weed management; soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers, perennials and annuals; and water conservation.  If accepted as a trainee you will attend classes, perform approved volunteer work and have opportunities to learn about ways to take an active interest in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens in the local community.

The training program will begin Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and last for eleven weeks and conclude on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  Social and gathering time will begin at 8:30 on training days with training beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. each session.  The locations of the classes will alternate across Hays County to allow volunteers to gain knowledge of the various communities our Association helps support.

The total cost of the training is $200.00 if submitted with the application by February 20, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Cash or check only and this is a nonrefundable payment.  If payment is made after February 20, 2017 the cost increases to  $225.00.  Please note that payment is required on the first day of class, February 28, 2017.  The cost of the course includes the Master Gardener Handbook, soil analysis from Texas A&M University, background identification, badge fees, as well as other training materials and costs associated with the training.

The classes will feature speakers from the horticultural/gardening industry which present programs to expand your gardening knowledge.  To become a “Master Gardener” on graduation day, you must have attended all classes and completed fifty hours of approved volunteer service.

As a Master Gardener, you will become a member of a group that plays an important role in the improvement of Hays County volunteering in approved projects which improve parks, historic/ government buildings, schools and community garden plots.  We have fun and learn through lectures, tours, hands on activities, and sharing with one another.

Class enrollment is limited to 30 applicants.  Applications are due no later than February 20, 2017.  Your signed volunteer form agreement application must be included.  Applicants will be notified by email on February 22, 2017 of their acceptance into the Spring, 2017 class.

Please call the Hays County Extension Office at (512) 393-2120 for more information.

Sincerely,

Lori Broughton, Ph.D.

President, Hays County Master Gardener Association

 

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