Please note that the Master Gardener class for 2017 has been filled.
Applications for the 2018 training class will be available Sept. 1 – Nov. 1, 2017.
The Texas Master Gardener Program
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers a diverse array of educational programs, activities, and resources that are based on objective, research-based, practical information that you can use today. Master Gardener is a volunteer development program of the Extension Service. Master volunteers receive in-depth horticultural training. In return, they provide volunteer service through AgriLife Extension by providing horticultural education to their communities.
Program applicants for Master Gardener certification should be able to communicate with the public by telephone, personal contact, as a speaker or through written correspondence. 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:
- Prior community service
- Knowledge of gardening basics
- Passion for helping other gardeners to garden sustainably
- Experience giving public presentations
- Worked with people of diverse backgrounds
- Initiative in starting and completing projects, and/or
- Basic computer skills and internet access
Step 1: Apply to participate in the training. Applications will be available at www.brazosmg.com and at the Brazos County Extension office (979-823-0129) September 1 to November 1.
Step 2: Applicant interview and orientation
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. Participants will complete qualifications by December 1.
- The course fee is $185 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
- Contribute 50 hours of volunteer service in AgriLife Extension initiated activities in Brazos County by December 1 of training year. The volunteer aspect of this program allows individuals to support Extension education in learning and teaching responsible horticultural practices.
Step 4: Upon meeting all requirements, certification in January, 2018, 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.
To learn more, go to brazosmg.com and the Texas Master Gardener website: mastergardener.tamu.edu
Master Gardener Coordinator
Brazos County Horticulturist
Application for 2017 Texas Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course – 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 Gardeners 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 2016
- 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
- ONLINE FORM (coming soon)
- PRINT COPY
- By November 1, 2016, return your completed application to the
Brazos County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension,
2619 Highway 21 West,
Bryan, TX 77803.
Email to: Charla Anthony
- Do not include payment at this time
- Interview – will be scheduled after application is filed
- Applicant selection
- Orientation – January 12, 2017, 6pm, Brazos County Extension office
- Class begins Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any AgriLife Extension activity are encouraged to contact the Brazos County Extension Office to discuss specific needs.
Charla M. Anthony