Master Gardeners, a national corps of trained community gardening volunteers through CCE.

Master Gardeners, a national corps of trained community gardening volunteers through CCE.

MG Volunteers help out around the teaching gardens at the Extension Education Center, 2016.

MG Volunteers help out around the teaching gardens at the Extension Education Center, 2016.

Kristin Porter, MG Volunteer cooks up the harvest with Junior MGs in 2016.

Kristin Porter, MG Volunteer cooks up the harvest with Junior MGs in 2016.

Dennis Hewston and Susan Swann, MG Volunteers, clean up the garden beds in fall of 2016.

Dennis Hewston and Susan Swann, MG Volunteers, clean up the garden beds in fall of 2016.

MG Volunteers Crafted "Denim & Diamond" Gala Centerpieces 2016
Image by Nicole Slevin

MG Volunteers Crafted "Denim & Diamond" Gala Centerpieces 2016

Master Gardener Volunteers

What is the Master Gardener Volunteer Program?

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information.

The first Master Gardener Volunteer program was started in Washington state in 1972. Forty-six states now have Master Gardener programs. For information on Master Gardener Volunteer programs in your area, visit the New York State Master Gardener Program website.

What do Master Gardener Volunteers do?

Projects and functions carried out by Master Gardener Volunteers are based on the educational priorities of individual counties, differing from county to county. Some of the ways in which Master Gardener Volunteers have been involved include:

  • Answering gardening questions on the telephone
  • Researching and answering letters
  • Writing articles about gardening
  • Setting up demonstration projects in public places
  • School gardens
  • Community improvement projects
  • Historic garden restoration
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Organizing plant sales and public events
  • County fair informational booths
  • Providing advice to customers at garden centers
  • Increasing awareness of integrated pest management, water quality conservation and other environmental issues

What are the qualifications to become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

  • A basic interest and knowledge about landscape and food gardening
  • Enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing horticultural knowledge and skills
  • Interest in teaching others
  • Ability to communicate written and verbally
  • Understanding of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s educational mission
  • Flexible time schedule to allow participation in the program
  • Willingness to volunteer time on horticultural projects and functions to help meet the goals of the county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension Program.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer for Sullivan County, please call 845- 292-6180 or the contact listed below for more information. When offered, Master Gardener Training will take place in the Spring and Fall.

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Contact

Dayna Valenti-Gaeta
Community Horticulture Program Coordinator
dlv45@cornell.edu
(845) 292-6180 Ext. 112

Last updated September 22, 2017