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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Texas Master Gardener program is now accepting applications for its new class beginning January 12, 2022, in Van Zandt County. Classes will meet at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office each Wednesday for 17 weeks. Classes are also available through county extension offices throughout the region.

Anyone with a willingness to learn and a desire to help others can become a Master Gardener. As a trainee in the program, each participant must attend a minimum of 50 hours of instruction and volunteer 50 hours of service at one of our project locations to earn the title of Texas Master Gardener.

The cost of the program is $150, which covers the cost of the training manual, supplies and first-year association dues. The Van Zandt County class is limited to the first 18 paid students. Applicants will go through an interview process in late October and early November.

If you are interested in joining the Van Zandt County Master Gardener group, please contact the Van Zandt County Extension Office located at 235 East Groves or call (903) 567-4149 for an application. Applications are due by Thursday, October 14.

For individuals accepted into the class, there is an introductory meeting on Wednesday, December 8, at 9 a.m., when participants pay a deposit of $150 and receive training course materials.

The Master Gardener program provides invaluable training and educational opportunities. Objectives of the Master Gardener Program are to expand the capacity of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service by distributing horticultural information to individuals and groups in the community and to develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture. Depending on community needs, these may be environmental improvement activities, horticulture therapy projects, or community and school garden programs.

The Van Zandt County Master Gardener program is an educational and volunteer program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M System.  It is open to people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, handicap or national origin.

For a directory of Texas Master Gardener classes offered in other counties visit www.counties.agrilife.org.

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