The Hernando County Extension Services Announces
Fall 2016 Master Gardener Training Class
Summary: The Hernando County Extension Services will conduct the next Master Gardener Training Class beginning in September. Informational meetings about the Master Gardener Class will be held on August 23rd at 10:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. and again on August 25th at 10:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. To register for a meeting please call 352-754-4433, choose option 6 and state your name and the meeting you plan to attend.
Brooksville, FL, August 11, 2016— The Hernando County Extension Services Master Gardener Program (https://www.facebook.com/HernandoExt/ ) is searching for its next crop of elite volunteer Master Gardeners. The next training class will begin on September 19, 2016. It is a 13-week training course where individuals who want to make a difference in their community will learn about gardening and the science behind gardening. “The Master Gardener program is offered nationwide, and gives volunteers the opportunity to take University level training on a wide variety of subjects from plant growth, nutrition and disease management to invasive plants and protecting our sensitive water resources. Our Hernando County Master Gardener volunteers are a valuable resource to residents and their children living in Hernando County,” said Dr. William Lester, Urban/Commercial Horticulture Agent with UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County.
There are four opportunities to attend the mandatory informational meeting at the Extension offices located at 16110 Aviation Loop Drive (AmSkills Building) to the right of the post office:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
The program will be explained, there will be time for questions, and current Master Gardeners will be available to share their experiences. Applications for the 13-week course will be passed out at the meeting to those seriously interested in completing the spring class. For anyone interested in the Master Gardener Program, please contact the Hernando County Extension office at 352-754-4433 and leave your contact information so we can put you on the Potential Master Gardener List.
The requirements for becoming a Master Gardener are that you must attend (and pass) a 13-week training course, donate 75 hours of volunteer time your first year, and volunteer 35 hours per year. In addition, all Master Gardeners must attend a minimum of 10 hours of continued training each year. “This may sound like a lot; but if you get involved in a project you are really interested in, you can meet the hours required without any problems,” said Wynn Miller, 2016 President of the Hernando County Extension Services Master Gardeners.
The classes will be held on Mondays from 9:00am -4:00pm beginning on September 19th and will run through December 12th Master Gardener Trainees are only allowed one excused absence, so it is important that prospective participants are available for all of the classes. There is a cost of $140 that will be collected after the potential participant is accepted into the class. This fee includes a training manual, printed materials, and University level instruction. The topics covered include botany, plant pathology, plant pests and pesticides, propagation, soils, and a whole lot more! You will be taught by University of Florida guest faculty.
The goal of the Master Gardener Program in Hernando County is to train volunteers on a variety of gardening topics in order to provide and to share that information with Hernando County residents.
About The Hernando County Extension Service
Hernando County Extension is a partnership between: University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, United States Department of Agriculture, and Hernando County Board of County Commissioners to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. Operating as part of the University’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Extension serves each of the state’s sixty-seven counties by providing information and conducting educational programs on issues such as sustainable agriculture, competitiveness in world markets, natural resource conservation, energy conservation, food safety, child and family development, consumer credit counseling, and youth development. The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer amplification of the Hernando County Extension Service for agriculture. For contact information and to learn more click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/HernandoExt/
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