Do you love plants, like people, then consider becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer! The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a vital part of the horticulture program at the UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension Office. The mission of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is “to assist Extension agents in providing research-based horticultural education to Florida residents”. In Columbia County, we love our volunteers. We have a strong group of 25 volunteers who provide over 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the community each year. Projects range from helping teach horticulture programs, working in the demonstration gardens, writing articles, answering phone calls, growing plants and much more.
We are seeking new volunteers to join our group. Each new volunteer receives around 75 hours of training before they become an official Master Gardener volunteer. In 2021, the program will begin on July 15th and run through October 21st. We will meet on Thursdays, July 15-September 16 and on October 21; and Wednesdays, September 22 to October 13th. Times will vary depending on what we are doing that day and where we are meeting but will range from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be some off-site portions that will not be online or at the Extension Office. The class will be hybrid, meaning most instruction will be online during the week on your own time. When we meet together we will cover the material more in-depth via online or in-person or complete hands-on activities. The cost for the program is $120 and covers materials, supplies, and field trips. This program is open to residents of Columbia County or surrounding counties that do not already have an established volunteer program. Please check with your local extension office. Topics include Florida-Friendly Landscaping, entomology, vegetables, soils, fertilizers, turfgrass, pesticides, plant pathology, weed science, and much more! Applications being accepted until July 12th. Download 2021 MG Application Packet.