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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Join a network of passionate gardeners in Brunswick County who are dedicated to learning and sharing research-based information, enhancing their communities through horticulture, and connecting people with the benefits of gardening. Become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer!

Extension Master Gardener SM Volunteers are essentially an “extension” of NC State Cooperative Extension, and assist in our mission of public outreach and education.

The Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer training program for Brunswick County is offered once a year in September.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers:

Master Gardener volunteers complete the following steps to join the program:

Submit An Application

Becoming an Extension Master Gardener volunteer begins with applying and being accepted into our local county program.

For 2021, the application deadline is August 1st. Learn more about the NC EMG Program application. Interviews will be conducted before the start of the class.

Upon acceptance into the program, the fee is $160, payable by check at the first class. A hard copy of the text book “Extension Gardener Handbook” is included in the fee.

Complete Initial Volunteer Training

Extension Master Gardener initial training prepares you to be a Master Gardener 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 40 hours of instruction
  • The classes will be in-person at the Cooperative Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, Building N, and run Tuesdays and Fridays, 9a-12p, beginning September 7th and ending November 5th
  • Taught by Extension staff and local experts
  • Topics include, but 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
  • 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 to learn even more about horticulture, our local program and volunteer opportunities,  and giving 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.

Become Certified

Once the 40-hour internship has been completed the volunteer is eligible to become a Certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer.

Maintain Certification

In order to remain active in the program, Master Gardener volunteers in Brunswick County must meet annual re-certification requirements, with a minimum of:

  • 40 hours of volunteer service and
  • 10 hours of continuing education.

Interested? To learn more about the Brunswick County program and to receive an applications, Krystyna Ochota, Extension Master Gardener Coordinator,

Visit the Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers of Brunswick County site to learn more information about the program available here in Brunswick County.

For more information about the program on the state level visit the statewide Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers site.