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Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

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Please contact me with information about the EMG Program in Chatham County

Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers work with NC State Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, science-based information on sustainable garden, lawn, and landscape practices.

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 50 hour internship with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Chatham County. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

To help you decide if you should apply to become an Extension Master Gardener volunteer, consider these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?

No previous training is necessary to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, just a passion for gardening and a desire to volunteer in your community. Benefits of serving as an Extension Master Gardener volunteer include:

  • Learn from outstanding horticulture experts
  • Become knowledgeable and skilled in a variety gardening subjects
  • Teach others about sustainable gardens, lawns and landscapes
  • Help gardeners solve problems
  • Learn how to identify and diagnose common diseases and insects
  • Work with others who share your interests
  • Continue to learn through workshops, field trips, conferences, and hands-on training
  • Lead environmental education efforts in schools and neighborhoods
  • Transform yards, people and communities


Have questions or want to receive an application packet by mail? Contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension Chatham County Center by calling 919-542-8202 or email

Learn more about NC State Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Written By

Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMatt JonesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture Call Matt Email Matt N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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