Master Gardeners Start First In-County Training Class

Students in the Master Gardener Intern Class of 2016. Photo: KCMGA.
Students in the Master Gardener Intern Class of 2016. Photo: KCMGA.

Kaufman County Master Gardeners began their first-ever, in-county training program today, August 18, 2016. Previously, we did joint training classes every two years with Rockwall, Hunt, Rains and Wood counties. These biennial classes were held in Greenville.

After many requests for more-frequent and closer classes, the local association decided to investigate what was involved in holding our own training class. Several months of research and discussion with other counties that have training programs resulted in our decision to hold a local class at the Kaufman County Library.

The training will be 10 weeks and include information on plant biology and pathology, entomology, soil and soil management and several other related topics. Presentations will be done by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist and agents. After training, the new interns will have one year to complete 50 hours of required volunteer service.

Our first class has gotten off to a great start with 18 trainees. To help them through training and their internship year, each has a mentor, an experienced Master Gardener who will answer their questions and help them navigate this new experience.

Members of the 2016 intern training class enjoy a break. Photo: KCMGA.
Members of the 2016 intern training class enjoy a break. Photo: KCMGA.

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