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 will be held July 14th – August 27th. Due to class size restrictions we will host most of the class virtually this year. That means you will be able to watch the training at your own pace. We will be meeting virtually in the beginning to go over the material and also squeeze in small class sizes for hands-on projects.
Registration for the course is $120 per person to cover educational materials, due by July 7th.
After registration, please download and fill out the application. Please return it to the office by prior to June 20. An interview with the horticulture agent will be scheduled via email. 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 2020 MGV Application Columbia County.
Please email Erin Harlow at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.