Master Gardener

In cooperation with the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities grant (administrated by the Texas County Health Department), there are four scholarships available (two for Houston area and two for the Cabool area) for tuition to attend the online University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener training that begins Jan. 30 (2017). 

“We applied for these scholarships in hopes that it would encourage more individuals to learn to grow their own produce which will lead to eating healthier in their own homes,” said Texas County community wellness coordinator Earlene Stoops. “Our goal with this grant is to help children in grades K through 8 reach a healthy weight and maintain that weight.  Diets that include increased consumption of fresh produce can and do result in a better digestion, which results in better health and helps maintain a healthy weight. Through this collaboration we are in hopes that everyone will come together for the same initiative of helping our children and communities live a more active healthier life.”

According to Texas County Master Gardener coordinator and Texas County Extension program director Angie Fletcher, becoming a trained Master Gardener requires attending a 30-hour classroom core course training. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to their community in approved University of Missouri Extension activities.

The scholarships being offered by the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities grant cover the cost of the online classes for the receiving individuals.

For more information regarding the scholarships or the online Master Gardener class, call the University of Missouri Texas County Extension office at 417-967-4545, email, or log onto

There will also be an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the Lone Star Annex Community Room at 114 W. Main St., Suite 2, in Houston. 

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