Applications for the 2018 training class
are now available Sept. 1 – Nov. 1, 2017.
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The Texas Master Gardener Program
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers a diverse array of educational programs and resources that are based on objective, research-based, practical information. Master Gardener is a volunteer development program of the Extension Service to support Extension goals.
Master volunteers receive in-depth horticultural training. In return, they provide volunteer service through AgriLife Extension by providing horticultural education to their communities. Master Gardener volunteers serve as “horticultural docents” supervised by AgriLife Extension personnel who assign, review and facilitate their work.
It is desirable that applicants have 1) prior community service, 2) knowledge of gardening basics, 3) desire to help others garden sustainably, 4) public speaking, 5) worked with people of diverse backgrounds, 6) basic computer skills and internet access.
Step 1: Apply Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at brazosmg.com or at the Brazos County Extension office (2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan)
Step 2: Attend orientation interview.
Step 3: If accepted, acknowledge and consent to all trainee requirements, including:
- attend a minimum of fifty (50) hours of classroom instruction. Training classes meet weekly, on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. January through May, except Texas A&M spring break. The course fee is $235 per person, payable after acceptance into the volunteer training program. Guests – adult or children – may not attend class, due to the intensive nature of the instruction and limited space.
- write an essay
- satisfactorily complete the training course open book, final exam
- join and actively participate in the Brazos County Master Gardener Association
- give 50 service hours (15 hours in the DIG) in AgriLife Extension approved activities in Brazos County by December 1 of training year.
Step 4: Upon meeting all requirements, certification in January, 2019, as a Texas Master Gardener
Step 5: Re-certification of a Master Gardener in Brazos County is an annual process that requires:
- 25 volunteer service hours in a calendar year
- 6 hours of continuing education credits (CEU)
- membership in good standing of the Brazos County Master Gardener Association.
- By November 1, 2017, provide completed application to the Brazos County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan, TX 77803. Email to: email@example.com
- Do not include payment at this time
- Interview – will be scheduled after application is filed.
- Orientation – January 18, 2018, 6pm, Brazos County Extension office. Class begins Thursday, January 25, 2018, 9 am to 2:30 pm
To learn more, go to brazosmg.com and the Texas Master Gardener website: Texas Master Gardener Program.
Application for 2018 Texas Master Gardener Training – Brazos County
Applications are accepted from September 1 through November 1 for the Master Gardener training in Brazos County. Upon completion of all requirements, each participant is certified as a Texas Master Gardener in January. Thereafter, Master Gardener re-certify annually through a minimum of 25 service hours and 6 continuing education hours. Signature of this application is indication of your agreement to these standards and all requirements.
I desire to be a Master Gardener volunteer in Brazos County, Texas. I recognize that Master Gardeners are trained volunteers – community educators – who share their horticultural knowledge and expertise as representatives of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. As a Master Gardener in training, I agree to:
- Join the Brazos County Master Gardener Association
- Volunteer a minimum of 50 hours in Extension initiated education programs in 2018
- Participate in a minimum of 50 hours classroom training, including an essay and final exam
- Re-certify annually thereafter – with at least 25 service hours and 6 continuing education hours
- A background check