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Master Gardener Program 2023 - General Information

  • Applications will be e-mailed/made available in 2023
  • The class fee is $200.
  • Classes will begin 2023.
Overview of MGEV Program
 
Just to give you an overview, this program is mainly a volunteer program for all Fulton County residents, though there is a significant training component. In your first year after finishing 48 hours of coursework, you complete 50 hours of volunteer work within Fulton County on currently approved extension projects. After your first year, the requirement drops to 25 and you can submit your own project for approval if you see a need in your community. The cost of the training will be around $200.
 
Unfortunately, due to a decrease in staffing and the uncertainty of the omicron variant, we have had to postpone Fulton County MG certification classes indefinitely. This program is a county-based program, so if you attempt to apply in another county, you will need to complete your training and hours with them on their schedule. Transferring to Fulton at a later time to continue your volunteer work is not always guaranteed, so if you are a Fulton resident and are willing to wait, that would be your best option for this certification.
Please fill out the following google form so we have your information on file and can forward you an application directly when we go live. We don't currently have a good idea of the timeline, but it won't happen sooner than 2023.
 
Please fill out this link to get on our list for an application to be sent.
 
 

The Master Gardener Program in Georgia is a volunteer training program designed to help the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are active in many Georgia counties. Through this program, Cooperative Extension is able to reach out and serve more citizens with educational programming and demonstrations in five target areas.

State Initiatives

Environmental Stewardship – Increasing awareness and knowledge of landscape and garden management for the optimum use and protection of the environment, including management of all aspects of the residential landscape (soil, plants, insects, diseases, and wildlife), understanding and proper use of equipment, pesticides, fertilizers, and other landscaping inputs to have the greatest value with little negative impact on the environment.

Home Food Production – Teaching the benefits of home food production and developing skills and knowledge in growing food, managing community gardens, or contributing to food banks or kitchens.

Gardening with Youth – Increasing young people’s awareness and understanding of the value of horticulture and landscaping, using horticulture as a tool to increase responsibility and leadership for youth, and teaching individuals and professionals (i.e., teachers and therapists) how to use horticulture to reach young people.

Value of Landscapes – Developing within communities the knowledge and skill to ensure proper design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes for economic benefit to residents, state and local government employees and agencies, and professionals in impacted fields, such as tourism and real-estate development.

Health Benefits of Gardening – Teaching the value of the interior and exterior landscape for human health, well-being, and quality of life, transferring knowledge and skills to intended audiences so that they might utilize this information for personal health and a healthier workplace and community.

Volunteers benefit from the training, networking with other garden enthusiasts, and the opportunity to serve their communities.


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