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2017 EMG Training Schedule

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1. Attend an Information Session     

The first step to becoming an Extension Master Gardener in Chatham County is attending an information session. Sessions are currently scheduled for:

2. Attend at Least 4 Extension Gardener Classes This Spring

In addition to being part of Extension Master Gardener training, Extension Gardener classes are open to the public. Anyone can register for and attend these free classes, each of which will be offered twice, on a Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday morning. Click on each class for full details and registration information:

3. Submit Your Application by April 27, 2017

To receive a printed copy of the application and Certification Agreement, contact Chatham County Cooperative Extension at 919-542-8202 or email

4. Attend Orientation

An orientation session for participants accepted into the Chatham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program will be scheduled for May 2017. The date will be based on participant availability, with every effort made to find a date that everyone can attend. The $100 training fee will be due when you attend orientation.

5. Get Involved in Summer Activities and Projects

A variety of formal and informal learning and volunteer activities will be scheduled for the summer. Attendance is optional but encouraged. Summer activities are a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and increase your knowledge and skills.

6. Complete Extension Master Gardener Core Training

Core training classes will be held for individuals accepted into the EMG Program on Wednesdays, Aug. 30 – Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To complete training you must attend a minimum of 5 classes. Attendance of the final class on Nov. 1 and completion of the exam is required.

  • Aug. 30 – Extension resources and finding research based information
  • Sept. 6 – Botany and plant ID
  • Sept. 20 – Soils and fertilizers
  • Sept. 27 – Plant diseases
  • Oct. 4 – Insect pests
  • Oct. 18 – Integrated pest management
  • Oct. 25 – Weeds and weed management
  • Nov. 1 – Final review and exam – ATTENDANCE REQUIRED

Extension Master Gardener meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, 9:30 – noon. You are encouraged to attend these as well.

  • Sept. 13
  • Oct. 11
  • Nov. 8 – EMG meeting and class graduation
  • Dec. 13

7. Volunteer!

Volunteers will complete a 50 hour internship within one year of completing their training. Trainees are encouraged to begin volunteering during the training course by assisting with a class project. Learn about volunteer opportunities and outreach efforts you can be part of!

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