How to Become a Master Gardener Volunteer: 2019 Training Schedule
How to Become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer℠ in Chatham County
1) Attend one of three Information Sessions, scheduled for:
- 1/30/2019 10:00 -11:00 a.m. REGISTER HERE
- 2/7/2019 6:30 -7:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE
- 2/9/2019 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
2) Attend at least five (5) Extension Gardener classes
The Extension Gardener series of classes and workshops are open to the public (anyone can attend), and also serve as a foundation for understanding research-based home gardening and horticultural practices for prospective Master Gardener Volunteers℠. Most topics are offered twice, and classes cost $6-10 each to attend. Click on class topic title for full details and registration information.
|Extension Gardener Class||Date (2019)||Time||Cost|
|Growing Vegetables from Seed||Feb. 6||10:00-12:30||$10|
|Growing Vegetables from Seed||Feb. 9||10:00-12:30||$10|
|Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries||Feb. 11||10:00-12:00||$6|
|Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries||Feb. 13||6:30-8:30 p.m.||$6|
|Sustainable Vegetable Gardening||Feb. 16||9:00-12:00||$10|
|Sustainable Vegetable Gardening||Feb. 18||9:00-12:00||$10|
|Growing & Preserving Culinary Herbs||Mar. 11||10:00-12:00||$6|
|Growing & Preserving Culinary Herbs||Mar. 14||6:30-8:30 p.m.||$6|
|Sustainable Lawns & Lawn Alternatives||Apr. 2||10:00-12:00||$6|
|Sustainable Lawns & Lawn Alternatives||Apr. 4||6:30-8:30 p.m.||$6|
|Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials||Apr. 16||10:00-12:00||$6|
|Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials||Apr. 18||6:30-8:30 p.m.||$6|
|Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Trees & Shrubs||Apr. 30||10:00-12:00||$10|
|Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Trees & Shrubs||May 2||6:30-8:30 p.m.||$10|
|Fundamentals of Composting||Nov. 2||10:00-12:30||$6|
3) Submit your application by May 3, 2019
- Download Application (PDF)
- Download Application (MS Word)
- Download Certification Agreement – this document must be signed and included with your application
Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program on May 13, 2019.
To receive a printed copy of the application and Certification Agreement, contact Chatham County Cooperative Extension at 919-542-8202 or email email@example.com.
4) Attend Orientation and Luncheon
May 22, 2019 10:00-12:00
Participants should attend the orientation session to learn about the outcomes and expectations of the EMG program, to tour facilities, and to meet and mingle with current Chatham Master Gardener Volunteers.
The training fee of $75 is due at this time. Master Gardener Trainees may also request to order a hardback, full-color copy of NC State Extension Gardener Handbook at this time. The Handbook is available online for free, but many prefer having a hard copy as well. The total minimum cost to participate in the program is $105-117 (5 Extension Gardener classes x $6-10 + $75 Training Fee). Prospective Master Gardener Volunteers are encouraged, but not required, to attend all 8 of the Extension Gardener classes. This increases the total course fee to $139.
5) Get involved in summer activities and projects
Several formal and informal learning and volunteer activities will be scheduled for the summer, including garden tours, lectures, and demonstration garden work days. Attendance is optional but encouraged. Summer activities are a great way to get to know your fellow Master Gardener Volunteers and increase your knowledge and improve diagnostic skills. Full details of the summer schedule will be provided at orientation.
6) Complete Extension Master Gardener Core Training
Whereas the Extension Gardener seminar and workshop series focus on how to grow plants and other basic gardening skills, the Extension Master Gardener Core Training program provides in-depth training on learning and practicing the research and diagnostic skills required to be a Master Gardener Volunteer. As a representative of NC State Extension, Master Gardener Volunteers disseminate scientific, research-based information backed by NC State University, NC A&T State University, and other land-grant university extension services from across the country.
Core training classes will be held on Wednesdays from August 21 – October 23, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To complete the training, you must attend a minimum of six of seven classes. Attendance to the final class on October 23 and completion of the final exam is required.
Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Core Training Schedule
|Master Gardener Volunteer Class||Date (2019)||Time|
|Extension History, Resources, & Research Methods||Aug. 21||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Botany & Plant Identification||Aug. 28||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Soils & Fertility Management||Sep. 4||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Beneficial & Pest Insects of Plants||Sep. 18||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Diseases & Disorders of Plants||Sep. 25||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Diagnostics & Integrated Pest Management||Oct. 2||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Weed Ecology & Management||Oct. 16||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Final Review & Exam||Oct. 23||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Intern Project Work Day||Oct. 30||10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Graduation Ceremony (Chatham MGV Meeting)||Nov. 13||10 a.m.-12 p.m.|
Field trips will be scheduled based on participants’ availability. Field trip locations may include the UNC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, the NCDA Agronomic Services Labs in Raleigh, or the NC State University J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
7) Volunteer with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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!