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Baker County Master Gardener Volunteer Training

UF/IFAS Extension Baker County is now accepting applications for the 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course.

WHO ARE THE MASTER GARDENERS?

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 and integrated pest management, soil management & plant nutrition, growing garden vegetables, fruit crops, trees, and turf, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices, and working with the public.

WHAT DO MASTER GARDENERS DO?

Once you’ve successfully completed the training, you’re required to volunteer a minimum of 75 hours during the first year to achieve Master Gardener certification. Master Gardeners work with the public to answer questions, give talks, write newsletter columns, help maintain the demonstration gardens, 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.

 

2021 BAKER COUNTY TRAINING INFORMATION

This year’s training will be a hybrid class of online and in-person learning.

Dates: August 3 – September 9

Schedule: Complete weekly training modules online and attend in-person sessions 1 day per week. In-person sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am to 12 pm and/or 1 pm to 4 pm at the Baker County Extension Office (Ag Center) located at 1025 W. Macclenny Ave., Macclenny, FL 32063.

Cost: $120 includes student manual, field guides, and all training supplies

Applications due July 1, 2021

Download an application online or pick one up from the Extension Office. 

For any questions you may have about the program or upcoming training, please contact Alicia Lamborn, Baker County Master Gardener Program Coordinator, at (904) 259-3520 or alamborn@ufl.edu

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