Become a Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
The Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program with the primary purpose of sharing safe, effective, and sustainable gardening practices with the community. If you have a strong desire to share your time and gardening knowledge with others in our community, you are a good candidate for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.
What does it take to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer?
An application process accepts people to the training program as Extension Master Gardener (EMGV) students. The in-depth training in horticultural topics takes place two mornings a week, over 10 weeks. The curriculum is based on current research-based material provided by the NC Cooperative Extension in conjunction with NC State University and is taught by highly qualified instructors including extension agents, college/university faculty, horticulture professionals, and certified Extension Master Gardeners.
The Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Training Program
Volunteer training program applications are accepted all year. We will retain your application for future training session dates. For more information contact: Steven Capobianco 704-336-4008.
Once you have successfully completed the EMGV training program, students become EMGV Interns and begin to fulfill the 40-hour volunteer service commitment within one year that is required to become a certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.
To retain your EMGV certification and title in Mecklenburg County, EMGVs give 30 hours of approved volunteer service in the community and complete 10 hours of continuing education every year. We are dedicated to facilitating excellence in EMG volunteers through education, life-long learning and professionalism.
EMGVs report directly to the Extension Agent, under the auspices of NC State Extension, and volunteer with ongoing requests for garden education in our community. Outreach volunteering includes community events, speaking engagements, workshops for adults and children, answering horticulture questions at the extension office and keeping the Demonstration Gardens, in Independence and Freedom Park, healthy and beautiful. And other interesting and worthwhile projects to serve our county.
Learn as you grow - or is it grow as you learn?
Once certified, Extension Master Gardeners continue their education with interesting monthly programs featuring expert speakers in gardening, horticultural and environmental fields. Opportunities to participate in field trips, special assignments, outreach projects and gardens in our community continue through the year. You'll find participating in a very social group of like-minded community gardeners is at the heart of this productive, effective volunteer group.
Mecklenburg EMGVs are members of our community, just like you -- people who take an active interest in gardens, lawns, trees, shrubs, vegetable gardening, wildlife, nature, and ecology -- people who want to learn more about these topics -- and have a desire to serve our community by sharing their interest and knowledge in gardening. EMGVs are dedicated to applying their individual talents by providing practical, research-based horticultural information to our community.
Read more in About Us and throughout this site, to find the volunteer duties and community programs EMGVs lead and participate in. Check out the Extension Master Gardener state and national resources listed here on the sidebar to find the big-picture and national overview.
Transferring Extension Master Gardeners
If you are moving into Mecklenburg County from other Extension Master Gardener counties across the USA you are welcome to apply for transfer to this active, informed EMGV organization. You may audit upcoming training sessions to learn the specifics of gardening in Southeast Piedmont zone 7b-8a.
For more information please contact: Steven Capobianco, at 704-336-4008 to schedule an interview with the Extension Horticulture Agent. We welcome you to Mecklenburg County and look forward to meeting you!
Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteers MEMGV
The MEMGV volunteer association is an autonomous, educational non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with elected EMG officers. MEMGV works with the Extension agent in charge of the EMGV program in Mecklenburg County to coordinate the wide scope of EMGV activities from demonstration gardens to continuing education to community projects to socializing and team-building. The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Mecklenburg County are a productive, effective, diverse and interesting volunteer group working to make a big difference in our community. Are you one of us too?
Learn more about the Extension Master Gardener volunteer program through the North Carolina State University Extension.
Go directly to the NC Extension Master Gardener site to learn all you like about becoming a Master Gardener, if it's right for you, and all about EMGVs making a difference in our communities statewide.
Learn more about the Master Gardener program in Mecklenburg County NC on this site, and contact us here.
Visit the National Master Gardener home page to learn more about EMGV programs and how extension volunteers are contributing nationwide.