Special to the Mirror

Water is a precious resource in Texas and teaching kids how to conserve water is a goal of the Ellis County Master Gardeners.

The Ellis County Master Gardener Association’s Grant program has approved a $1,000 grant to Keep Midlothian Beautiful, a committee of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will in turn provide funding to implement a water conversation program for Midlothian Independent School District students.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide these monies,” said Jamey Guarascio-Cosper, Ellis County Master Gardener. “Water conservation is becoming more and more necessary as the population of Ellis County grows.”

Recent figures provided by the Ellis County Commissioner’s Court indicate roughly 22 people a day move to Ellis County. Forty percent of the people who live in Midlothian did not live here five years ago.

“It may be hard to think of drought conditions after such a wet summer, but anyone that has lived in Texas for any length of time knows that the drought will return too soon and we’ll be rationing water once again,” said Guarascio-Cosper. “Teaching our youth how to protect this resource is a key factor for our future.”

ECMGA’s grant program is new and funded by sponsors of the ECMGA Lawn and Garden Expo held annually in March at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.

All Master Gardeners special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Cooperative Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.

Guarascio-Cosper said if anyone or a group has a horticulture education program they would like to be considered for a grant or to find out how to become a sponsor, visit www.ecmga.com for more information.