AgriLife Extension accepting applications for horticulture programs
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is taking applications for participants in its adult Bexar County Master Gardeners volunteer associatio, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture, Bexar County.
"We're currently accepting applications for our Master Gardener Class No. 57," Rodriguez said. "The Bexar County Master Gardeners association is a volunteer service organization representing the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and we're looking for individuals with the time and willingness to volunteer."
He said the application deadline will be Feb. 25 and that class size will be limited to 35 to 40 individuals. Classes will be conducted each Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. beginning March 6 and concluding May 29.
Classes provide at least 50 hours of instruction relating to botany and plant physiology, entomology, plant identification and pathology, xeriscaping, landscaping, turfgrass maintenance and diseases, natural resources, urban forestry, water conservation, growing ornamental plants, herbs and vegetables, pruning, soils and composting, and growing fruits and nuts.
"Those completing the program will be asked to complete at least 50 or more volunteer hours in support of both AgriLife Extension youth and adult horticultural education outreach during the first year," he said. "Volunteer opportunities range from staffing plant clinics or displays to speaking to local groups, conducting workshops, helping establish community garden projects or working with 4-H youth."
Acceptance is based on the application and the willingness to volunteer, Rodriguez said. A fee of $220 is charged for training materials and payable in full at the first class meeting. A background check is also required on all applicants and will be done on the first day of class.
A Master Gardener class application form can be found on the website for AgriLife Extension in Bexar County at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu under the Ag and Natural Resources tab, then Horticulture and Bexar County Master Gardener.
For more information, contact Torres at 210-467-6575 or visit the website.