Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

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Do you have an interest in learning more about gardening? Would you like to meet and share with other gardeners? Do you have an interest in volunteering to provide gardening educational programs with N.C. Cooperative Extension? Then the  Extension Master Gardener℠ program in Wayne County may be for you!

Wayne County Extension Master Gardeners volunteering at various Wayne County Extension gardening programs.

Wayne County Extension Master Gardeners volunteering at various Wayne County Extension gardening programs.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County office is now accepting applications to recruit new Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Wane County. An Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer is a volunteer for N.C. Cooperative Extension. Volunteers assist their local county Extension office providing unbiased, research-based information to gardeners of all ages on home lawns, landscapes, and gardens. The information that Master Gardener volunteers provide is one that guides homeowners in making practical decisions in their landscapes and gardens.

Potential volunteers should have an interest and commitment to volunteering, be available to volunteer on weekdays, willing to share their knowledge, and interested in learning more about gardening. Prior gardening knowledge is not required.

Volunteers who finish the training course will be expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer service working with the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County and Master Gardener volunteer projects. Only then will each student earn the title of Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Wayne County. To maintain this title in subsequent years, volunteers must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 educational hours.

View more information about the  Extension Master Gardener℠ program in Wayne County

A training course will be held in early 2022 on Wednesdays starting January 12th through May 4th from 9 a.m. to Noon. Training classes prepare potential volunteers to answer gardening questions and diagnose common problems related to cultivating lawns, fruits and vegetables, and landscape plants. Registration cost is $85 without a handbook or $135 with a hard copy handbook.

View the 2022 Training Course Schedule

The first step to becoming a Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Wayne County is to review an application packet and submit an application by the deadline on December 20th.

There are three ways to obtain an application:

  1. Pick up an application packet at N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County office. Office is located at 3114B Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro.
  2. Submit an application online
  3. Download an application. Fill out and drop off at N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County office or e-mail to jessica.strickland@waynegov.com

Want to Learn More?

We welcome you to attend our Meet & Greet Interest Meeting to learn more about the  Extension Master Gardener℠ program in Wayne County on Friday, November 19th at 10 a.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County office. 

For more information and/or to pick up an application packet, contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County office at 919-731-1520. The office is located at The Maxwell Center at 3114B Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro.

Jessica Strickland is an Agriculture Extension Agent, specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County.

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