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NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, Edgecombe County.

NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteers are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others. What sets these volunteers apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture and their willingness to educate others. In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, work through their Cooperative Extension Center to provide horticulture-related information to the public.


Once you successfully complete the training program and pass the open book final exam, you will begin a volunteer internship. During your internship, you will learn even more about plants and people. Master Gardeners function as resource individuals for horticultural questions that come into their local Extension center.

Volunteer Training

If accepted into the Extension Master Gardener program you will attend a training course. Classes are taught by Extension staff and local experts. The program offers a minimum of 40 hours of instruction on horticulture topics including lawns; ornamental trees and shrubs; insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers; and water conservation. You will receive a North Carolina Master Gardener training manual — full of comprehensive horticultural subjects. It will be a valuable tool in answering homeowners plant questions.

Examples of volunteer service include:

  • diagnose plant, insect, and disease problems
  • staff plant clinics and educational exhibits
  • design a demonstration or community garden
  • lecture on various gardening topics
  • bring the joy of gardening to citizens and young children

Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension will offer Master Gardener training beginning January 2017. The training will be held beginning Thursday, January 26, 2017 and ending on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The classes will meet every Thursday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $75. Payment is not accepted until the applicant is accepted into the class. All applicants will be phone interviewed.

Applications are due by Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.

How Do I Become a Master Gardener Volunteer?


Extension Master Gardener Application

Send a completed application to:

Colby Griffin

N.C. Cooperative Extension

PO Box 129, 201 St. Andrew Street

Tarboro, NC 27886

The deadline to send in your application is December 6th, 2016.. If you need further information please call the office at (252) 641-7815. Or stop by and see us! Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Is This Program Right For Me?

Do I want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants? Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program? Am I willing to take an exam at the end of the class? Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community? Do I have enough time to attend all training classes and to serve as a volunteer? Can I volunteer on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.? If you answer all these questions yes, then you are a prime candidate.

Certified Extension Master Gardeners & Trainees:

General Information:

  • Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program
  1. History of the Extension Master Gardener Program – click here!
  2. About the NC Extension Master Gardener Program – click here!
  3. Becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer – click here!
  4. Responsibilities of an EMGV – click here!

Social Media and Extension Master Gardeners:

Extension Gardener™ is a statewide horticultural program that provides timely, research-based horticultural information. It helps North Carolinians:

  • Increase their gardening knowledge
  • Manage their landscapes
  • Sustain the environment

Extension Gardener Newsletter for Coastal Plains/Sandhills – Facebook

Extension Gardener Blog – NC Coastal Plains/Sandhills Edition – Here you will find information written by County Extension Agents in North Carolina that we hope will help you be more successful gardeners in the eastern region of our state.

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NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer – Public Site – do you:

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