MACCLENY, Fla. — Master Gardeners are volunteer educators of the horticultural arts and sciences. With training from UF/IFAS Extension, Master Gardeners are active in their communities, offering leadership and guidance in gardening projects of all types and sizes. The Florida Master Gardener Program has been around since 1979, and each year, approximately 4,700 Master Gardeners contribute a total of 365,000 hours of service, helping to make their communities better informed, more sustainable and more beautiful.
WHAT DO MASTER GARDENERS LEARN?
If you’re accepted into the Master Gardener training program, you’ll receive 50 hours or more of practical horticultural training, on topics such as botany, plant pathology & integrated pest management, soil management & plant nutrition, growing garden vegetables, fruit crops, trees, & turf, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, and working with the public.
WHAT DO MASTER GARDENERS DO?
Once you’ve successfully completed training you’re required to volunteer a minimum of 75 hours the first year to achieve Master Gardener certification. Master Gardeners work closely with the public, answering questions and providing guidance over the phone or in person, participating in community and school garden projects, writing newsletter columns, and many other activities. Master Gardeners that continue in the program beyond the first year are asked to volunteer 35 hours annually and attend advanced trainings to keep up to date on the
latest horticultural information.
2019 BAKER COUNTY TRAINING DATES
Classes will be held August 6 to September 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm & 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Baker County Extension Office located at 1025 W. Macclenny Avenue in Macclenny, Florida. The course registration cost is $100 and includes a student manual, field guides and all training supplies. Applications are available on the web at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/baker/horticulture/master-gardener-program/ and are due by July 19th.
For more information, please contact Alicia Lamborn, Master Gardener Coordinator, at (904) 259-3520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Alicia Lamborn, UF/IFAS Baker County