Master Gardener class to start Sept 3.
The Orange County Master Gardeners Association will be offering the Texas Master Gardener certification training course beginning Jan. 28, 2021. Applications need to be recieved by Jan. 20. Sorry for the short notice, we just got the word.
Due to COVID-19 crisis, the upcoming class will be online (virtual) classes to maximize student and volunteer safety. Each of the online classes will be held live on Thursday mornings at 9AM for approximately 4 hours with the ability to ask questions and interact with the presentator. If you are unable to attend it will be recorded for you to listen at your convienence prior to the next class. The speakers for the classes will be Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services staff in College Station and other AgriLife locations thru out the State.
A background check is required of all Extension volunteers, including Master Gardeners. Therefore, as a matter of policy, criminal background checks will be run on all persons applying for the Master Gardener training. The program and is repeated every couple of years.
Click this link to download both the Master Gardener Program Application and Volunteer Background Verification Form. These forms can be returned to the address below. All participants must apply in advance along with payment being made by August 24 in order to pick up your materials.
Initial requirements to become a Certified Texas Master Gardener, Orange County Master Gardener Association includes a minimum of 50 hours of approved basic training and 50 hours of approved volunteer service. Then each year after to maintain your certification the requirement is 12 approved volunteer service hours and 6 approved advanced training hours.
Orange County Master Gardeners Association
11475A FM 1442
Orange, Texas 77630
Tentative Online Class Schedule:
Jan 28 1 -2 hours MG Welcome
Feb 4 4 hours EarthKind Gardening
Feb 11 2 hours Plant Growth & Development
Feb 18 4 hours Soils
Feb 25 4 hours Water/Irrigation
Mar 4 4 hours Lawns
Mar 11 4 hours Insects/Integrated Pest Management
Mar 18 4 hours Diseases
Mar 25 4 hours Fruit
Apr 1 4 hours Vegetables
Additional classes will be scheduled from after the online session is complete but the subjects have yet to be determined. This will then complete the required 50 class education hours towards your certification. There is a possiblilty these classes may be in person depending on the status of the COVID-19 virus situation in Orange County. We are monitoring the Orange County Health Dept, Texas Department of Health and the CDC for recommendations for the safety of our members and students for group gatherings. We hope by this time we will be able to include some field trips to local nurseries and growers.
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