Upcoming Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Initial Training Classes

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Have you ever:

  • Had a vegetable or flower garden?
  • Renovated a lawn, pruned trees, or shrubs?
  • Worked in a community garden or wanted to?

Do you enjoy:

  • Meeting and talking with people
  • Searching for answers to questions that you or others have?
  • Attending educational classes on a wide range of horticultural topics?
  • Sharing your expertise and time with others?
  • Making a difference in your community?

Do you have:

  • Time to devote to taking initial training classes and time to volunteer as an Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer?

Then being an Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Davie County might be for you.

Since 1979, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

Under the guidance of N.C. Cooperative Extension agents, volunteers complete an intensive (but fun), hands-on training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40-hour internship with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Davie County. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

2021 Initial Training Schedule

1. Attend One of Two Information Sessions

  • Session 1: Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 6 p.m.
  • Session 2: Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6 p.m.

2. Submit Your Application By Sunday, August 15

Download the fillable application form

3. Attend at Least 4 of 6 Extension Gardener Classes

All classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Davie County office. The fee for all 6 classes is $20.

  • August 5 – Vegetables
  • August 12 – Fruits
  • August 19 – Lawns
  • August 26 – Think Before You Plant – Site Evaluation
  • September 2 – Woody Ornamentals
  • September 9 – Integrated Pest Management

4. Take the Core Classes for the Master Gardener Training

Core classes will be taught in the fall on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. from September 23 to November 11. This will be a combined class with Davie and Davidson County and the location will alternate between the locations. Basic computer literacy will be required for participating in this course. We will be using the Extension Gardener Handbook for this course.

5. Volunteer

Volunteers will complete a 40-hour internship within one year of completing their training. Trainees are encouraged to begin volunteering during the training course by assisting with ongoing projects. The variety of volunteer opportunities available in horticulture education is endless. Master Gardener℠ volunteers will work with their local Extension agent to determine which opportunities will make the most of their time, interests, and talents to meet the needs of Cooperative Extension’s Educational Programs.

  • Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Diagnosing plant, insect, and disease problems
  • Staffing educational exhibits
  • Creating and maintaining demonstration and community gardens
  • Giving lectures on gardening
  • Visiting local schools to develop gardens and teach gardening skills to youth

6. Recertify Annually and Continue Your Education

The minimum requirements for remaining an EMGV in this county are completing a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service in Davie County each year, plus 12 hours of continuing education each year.

For more information on becoming an Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer, please contact Susan Hawkins at susan_hawkins@ncsu.edu or 336-753-6100.

Written By

Susan Hawkins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSusan HawkinsExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Susan Email Susan N.C. Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center
Posted on May 24, 2021
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