The UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County Master Gardener Volunteer program works with the horticulture extension agent to educate the citizens within our county about research-based practices to use in their gardens and landscapes. Educational projects include public outreach at the Columbia County Fair, local events, teaching courses, working in our plant clinic, working with school gardens, and designing and implementing demonstration gardens. Topics covered during this course are designed to prepare you to accomplish these tasks with focuses on vegetable gardening, pest management, plant selection and care, irrigation and pruning, and teaching and communication skills.
The course is held on 8/5, 8/10, 8/12, 8/17, 8/19, 8/24, 8/26, 10/1, 10/3, 10/8, 10/10, and 10/15. All programs are from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm and participants bring their own lunch.
Registration for the course is $120 per person to cover educational materials.
After registration, please download and fill out the application. Please return it to the office by August 16, 2019 An interview with the horticulture agent will be scheduled via email for the weeks of August 19th or 26th. The meeting should last approximately 30 minutes. After successful completion of the application, background check, and interview then the $120 fee will be collected.
This is a volunteer program with the requirement of course completion and 75 hours of service in the first year following this along with a commitment of 35 volunteer hours and 10 hours of training each subsequent year.
Download the packet at 2019 MGV Application for Columbia County.
Please email Erin Harlow at email@example.com with any questions.