NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers
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How to Become an
NC State Extension Master Gardener ℠ Volunteer in Brunswick County
Next Training Class: January 9th – March 1st, 2024
Join a network of passionate gardeners in Brunswick County who are dedicated to learning and sharing research-based information, enhancing the communities in which they live through horticulture, and connecting people with the benefits of gardening. Become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Brunswick County!
NC State Extension Master Gardener SM volunteers (“EMG”) are essentially an “extension” of NC State Cooperative Extension and NC State University, a North Carolina land-grant institution. They assist in our mission of public outreach and education.
The EMG volunteer training program for Brunswick County is offered once a year.
- Represent NC State Extension.
- Promote the research-based recommendations of NC State Extension.
- May only use the title “Extension Master Gardener volunteer” when engaged in Extension-sponsored activities.
- Follow the policies and procedures found in the NC State Extension Master Gardener Program Guidelines
- Abide by the NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Code of Conduct
EMG volunteers complete the following steps to join the program:
Submit An Application
Becoming an EMG volunteer begins with an interview and an accepted application to our local county program.
The interview/application process will begin in September, 2023.
Upon acceptance into the program, the fee is $200, payable in advance through our Eventbrite site. A hard copy of the textbook “Extension Gardener Handbook” and a companion workbook are included in the fee.
Complete Initial Volunteer Training
Initial training prepares you to be a EMG volunteer. The course introduces a wide range of horticultural topics, with a focus on finding research-based information and sharing the science behind sustainable gardening practices. Initial training includes:
- Minimum of 75 hours of in-person instruction and homework.
- The classes will be in-person at the Cooperative Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, Building N, and run Tuesdays and Fridays, 9a-12p, beginning in January 9th and ending in March.
- Taught by Extension staff and local experts
- Topics include, but are not limited to, soils and plant nutrients, turf, insects, diseases, Integrated Pest Management, food production, herbaceous, woody and native plants, wildlife, landscape design, and more.
- Weekly assignments and Quizzes
- Take-home or in-class, open-book exam
- Intern Project
Visit the Extension Gardener Handbook online to explore the training curriculum.
Complete Volunteer Internship
Once initial training is complete, volunteers complete a minimum 40-hour Internship in Brunswick County, to learn even more about horticulture, our local program, and volunteer opportunities, and give back to the community.
During the internship, volunteers rotate through a variety of volunteer opportunities that support the educational outreach priorities of their local Extension center.
Once the 40-hour internship has been completed the volunteer is eligible to become a Certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer.
In order to remain active in the program, Master Gardener volunteers in Brunswick County must meet annual recertification requirements, with a minimum of:
- 40 hours of volunteer service in Brunswick County and
- 10 hours of continuing education.
If you are interested in the program, please complete this form and you will be contacted to discuss the application process in early Fall, 2023.