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Why Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer?

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Yes, as a Master Gardener℠ volunteer you will learn more about making your own garden grow better. Yes, you will also be able to apply the information you learn in the program to your lawn, houseplants, pastures, and woodlands.

But that is not the primary reason to become a Master Gardener volunteer. The key reason is tied to the last word of the title – ”volunteer.” You see, the EMGV program is, at its core, a public service program. You become a Master Gardener volunteer in order to help others become better gardeners.

As a Master Gardener volunteer in North Carolina, you can:

  • Help improve the lives of those in your community through horticulture.
  • Receive scientifically-accurate information about a range of horticultural crops.
  • Meet and connect with others in your community who are interested in plants and gardening.
  • Participate in Extension outreach events that will make an impact on your region and its residents.

By combining the resources and information of the N.C. Cooperative Extension with the passion and enthusiasm of those interested in learning more about horticulture, the result is an Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer program that can be an incredible force for good in your state. Just some of the things you will learn about in the EMGV course include:

  • Plant anatomy, physiology, and taxonomy
  • Soils, soil management, and plant nutrition
  • Edible crops (vegetables and/or tree and
  • small fruits)
  • Turfgrass selection, management, and renovation
  • Plant pathology and plant diagnostics
  • Entomology, integrated pest management, and pesticide safety
  • Weed science, weed control and/or invasive plants
  • Plant propagation

Are you interested in becoming a certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer? Email Scott Welborn for more information on upcoming Master Gardener training classes in Polk County.