Become a master gardener by volunteering

Would you like to learn the skills it takes to create and maintain a beautiful South Florida garden? Are you the type of person who enjoys helping others? Now you can achieve those goals by becoming a Master Gardener volunteer for Miami-Dade County. Join this elite group of dedicated gardeners who help others solve their horticulture problems.

The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division will hold preview sessions about this program on Friday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the John D. Campbell Agricultural Center, 18710 S.W. 288th St., in Homestead.

Each preview session lasts one-and-a-half to two hours. You need attend only one of these sessions. This program is for Miami-Dade County residents only. Each county has their own Master Gardener program.

Through the Master Gardener training program, participants receive more than 70 hours of classroom and field training from University of Florida faculty. Participants will learn about flower and vegetable gardening, fruit trees, insects, disease and plant identification, landscape care, proper pesticide and fertilizer use, and much more!

Master Gardeners are individuals who are interested in gardening, educating and helping others, and making civic contributions through volunteer work. They help answer gardening questions on the phone at the Cooperative Extension office, help establish demonstration and school gardens, and they are plant consultants at local events, to name a few. Even if you are not physically able to do much gardening, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you!

To become a Master Gardener, simply attend the Master Gardener training program and complete an internship at the Homestead office. Classroom training is one day during the workweek from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Classes begin in September and run 11-12 weeks. Volunteering opportunities are available at the Homestead office and at other selected sites throughout the county.

Come join our Miami-Dade County team of Master Gardeners today. Learn, share and have fun, too!

For an application, contact Patty at 305-248-3311, x225 or write to: UF/Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension, 18710 S.W. 288th St., Homestead, FL 33030.

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WHO: Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division

WHAT Master Gardener Volunteer Program – Preview Sessions

WHEN: Friday, August 14

10:00 a.m.

And Thursday, August 20

3:00 p.m.

WHERE: John D. Campbell Agricultural Center

18710 S.W. 288th St.


The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension is a partnership of the Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

About CSD

The Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department (CSD) investigates and mediates consumer complaints, enforces the County's consumer protection laws and business regulations, and licenses certain businesses. In addition, the department’s Cooperative Extension Division provides technical assistance to commercial agricultural growers, backyard gardeners, homeowners, and manages youth and family development programs. The department also educates consumers on issues that affect them and provides resources to the public to improve their quality of life.

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