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Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

What does it mean to be a Master Gardener?

Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) are absolutely crucial to the work we do in Extension. Volunteers enrich our program with their experiences, talents, skills, and community connections. Volunteer engagement also brings to life Extension’s philosophy that active citizen participation in planning and implementation ensures success.

MGEVs are volunteer educators. They assist UGA Extension with sharing horticultural information to a diversity of consumer audiences. MGEVs can serve in a variety of ways; from answering home gardening questions, giving presentations, working with youth, installing and utilizing demonstration gardens, and much more.

Volunteers benefit from the training, networking with other garden enthusiasts, and the opportunity to serve their communities. Master Gardeners say the friendships they make and experiences they have while volunteering together are the biggest rewards of the program.

Master Gardener Training Course

In Chatham County, we train between 15 and 30 prospective MGEVs each year. Our course typically begins in late January and meets weekly through mid-May. In the year following the training course, Trainees complete 50 hours of volunteer service on approved extension projects to earn the title of Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. To remain active, MGEVs must complete 25 hours of volunteer service each year.

For more information about the requirements to become an MGEV in Chatham County, please read the MGTC Introduction Letter.

Interested in applying?

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 Master Gardener Training Course. The application period for the 2023 course will open in Fall 2022. If you would like to receive a notification when we begin accepting applications, please contact or call our office at (912) 652-7981 and provide your name and contact information.

Chatham County Master Gardener Training Course

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