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.

In December, the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wayne County office will accept 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

The training course is held once a year with classes once a week through out the year. The training course prepares 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.

There are two ways to be notified when applications are being accepted in late December for a new class:

  1. Sign up for the Wayne County Extension Gardening email list to receive an e-mail when applications are being accepted for a new
  2. E-mail to request a notification of when applications are being accepted for a new class.

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

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