Dec 9, 2018
To up and coming Master Gardener applicants:
The Texas Master Gardener program is a volunteer-based program conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System with a focus on providing information and education about horticulture, community and the Extension system. Instructors are highly trained and provide proven and researched information, to the citizens of Texas, and to the participants of the Hays County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA).
In the HCMGA, a trainee is required to attend 50 hours of class work- The program offers a well rounded foundation in many different aspects of growing and nurturing a healthy garden and environment. Instruction includes, but is not limited to; botany, propagation, composting, rainwater harvesting, pathology, insects, fruit and vegetable production, and Texas Superstars! Soil samples are also a part of the classwork. As a trainee you will attend classes, perform approved volunteer work, and have the opportunity for hands-on activities in HCMGA/AgriLife gardens.
The training program will begin Friday, March 1st (2019), and conclude on May 24th. Gathering time will begin at 8:00 a.m. Be prepared to begin class soon after. The location of the classes will be primarily at the Wimberley Extension Office with special seminars in other Hays County locations.
The total cost of the training is $200.00 if submitted with the application- cash or check only. This is a nonrefundable payment. The fee increases to $225.00 if made after the payment date noted on the Application form. The cost includes the Master Gardener Handbook, soil analysis from Texas A&M University, background identification, badge fees, as well as other training materials and associated costs.
To become a Certified “Master Gardener” you must attend all classes and complete fifty hours of approved volunteer service. As a Master Gardener, you will play an important role in the improvement of Hays County and your own, local community. Hays County parks and gardens, as well as community events and nonprofits, all benefit from the HCMGA effort. To expand the unique qualities and subtle features that enrich our lives and environment, we welcome a new season of students. Through lectures, tours, hands on activities, and an open exchange of ideas we grow together.
Class enrollment is limited. Hays County is growing very quickly and so is the HCMGA. Your signed volunteer agreement form must also be included. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance. Visit our website at www.txmg.org/hays/ , find us on Facebook, or call the Hays County Extension Office for more information.
Matt McKenzie – President 2019
Hays County Master Gardener Association
Educational programs of the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.
Submit the following:
Hays County Extension Office
200 Stillwater Drive
Wimberley, Texas 78676
E-mail: Bari Conley at: firstname.lastname@example.org