Advanced Training Program Purpose and information:
The Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables program is designed to provide advanced training and resources to Master Gardeners and certify them to be part of a state corps of vegetable volunteers and educators.
To become a certified Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables, Master Gardeners are required to attend the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables to fulfill training requirements and subsequently meet service requirements described below. This certification does not empower the individual with supervisory or administrative authority within her/his local county programs.
Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables training will be comprised of high-quality training combined with hands-on experience including how to grow vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, kale, onions, squash and broccoli. This training will also cover site selection; soil testing; weed management; and provide instruction on planting seeds, using fertilizers and pesticides and much more.
To be eligible for the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables, an individual must possess an up-to-date Master Gardener certification, or be an employee of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services. Master Gardener applicants must be approved by their local County Extension Agent.
Position Description and Service Requirements:
The Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables is charged to increase awareness, provide training in Vegetables and facilitate implementation of vegetable practices on a home/neighborhood/community level. A Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables is required to serve a minimum of one year.
Service requirements include, but are not limited to:
Serving a Service requirements include, but are not limited to:
• Attending the Vegetables advanced training
• Volunteering 20 hours above and beyond the county’s current volunteer obligation.
• Serving as a local Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables resource in the Extension program for a minimum of one year
• Assisting in educating Master Gardeners, interns, and the public about vegetables
• Increasing client awareness of vegetables through presentations, training, and mass media efforts (i.e. radio, newspaper, social media, television, and newsletters)
• Submitting a completed Vegetables Advanced Training Volunteer Report Form as directed
• Optional: Submit TMGA reimbursement paperwork
Advanced Training recognition and certification:
Upon completion of the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables service requirements, the Master Gardener will be awarded a Master Gardener Advanced Training certificate and lapel pin.
Resources Available to the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Vegetables:
• Vegetable advanced training and networking with presenters
• Educational materials on vegetables
• Direct access to Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent – Horticulture