Publisher: Shannon Cottongamand
January 26, 2022
The Hill County Master Gardener Program is now registering participants for its 2022 internship program.
The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. It is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve quality of life through educational horticultural practices and projects.
The aims of the project are implemented through the training and ’employment’ of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension by conducting school garden projects, answering telephone inquiries for horticultural information, creating and maintaining demonstration gardens, working with special audiences in the community, and designing and maintaining implementing community improvement projects, as well as coordinating master gardener programs.
Organizers say the training is a great educational opportunity for anyone with an interest in horticulture, landscaping or gardening and helps convey this information to the general public.
Attendees will receive the latest information from top extension specialists, county extension officers and horticultural professionals.
Classes for the 2022 Trainee Master Gardener Courses are scheduled to begin on March 1. Generally, classes take place every Tuesday and end at the beginning of May. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some courses may be delivered electronically if deemed necessary.
Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the Hill County Fairgrounds Fairgrounds Building, located at 1180 South Waco Street in Hillsboro.
Any interested Hill County resident may apply. There is a $150 training fee, which will include over 50 hours of instruction, a master gardener’s manual, and a background check.
Each participant must complete 50 hours of classroom instruction and complete 50 hours of community service on an approved horticulture-related project to become a Hill County Master Gardener.
Organizers said the training will be comparable to any horticulture course at a great price.
For more information or applications, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office at 254-582-4022.
Applications will be accepted until February 23 and interviews will be scheduled after applications are received.