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UF/IFAS Extension accepting applicants for Master Gardener training

RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2015

TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is accepting applicants for the 2015 Master Gardener Class, taught at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

The class provides participants with 75 hours of horticulture training and requires participants to donate an additional 75 hours of volunteer time within their first year in order to become certified.  The charge for the class is $120 and covers books and training materials. 

The class is led by Brooke Moffis, Residential Horticulture Agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. She currently manages the Lake County Master Gardeners and Discovery Gardens located in Tavares and previously worked as the Urban Horticulture Agent in Sumter County and in hydroponics at the Land Pavilion at Epcot. She earned her Bachelor’s in Horticulture from Tennessee Tech and her Master’s in Entomology from the University of Florida. 

“The Master Gardener Program extends the University of Florida to local Lake County residents through horticulture educational programs such as plant clinics, school programs, Discovery Gardens and more,” said Moffis. “Throughout the year, the Master Gardeners host popular plant sales, staff the Plant Clinic and host a two-day event, the Landscape and Garden Fair at Discovery Gardens.”

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30 and classes will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Sept. 2. Interested residents should contact Anna Perez at asperez@ufl.edu or call at 352-343-4101 for an application and Sprouting Kit.

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.


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