Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program
The Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) program in Georgia is a volunteer training program designed to help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners to be volunteer educators.
Through active MGEV programs in many Georgia counties, UGA Cooperative Extension is able to reach out and serve more citizens with educational programming and demonstrations.
The Henry County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program in Henry County has more than 70 volunteers plus a new class of interns each year. There are 63 hours of classes each year for the new group of interns. Interns in addition to attending classes are required to complete 50 hours of volunteer activity to become certified. Classes are held each Monday from 9 until 4, from the second week of January thru the end of March. The program requires a background check on all incoming interns.
To remain certified, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers must complete a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer time in each succeeding year after their training year.
Applications: Accepted between August 1- November 12
Volunteer activities include:
- Plant Clinics
- Gardening with youth at elementary schools
- Master Gardener Plant sale
- Shade House Garden
- Nolan House Demonstration Garden
- County 4H Project Achievement Awards program
- Extension General Support
- Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Administration
- Arbor Day tree give away
- Making presentations
- MGEV Scholarship Program
- Cubihatcha water reservoir with 3rd graders
- Mentoring interns
- Working with seniors
- Working with local libraries on MG Sprouts for children 6 to 8
- Symposium to teach area residents about gardening
2021 Club Officers
President – Marsha Cash
1st Vice President – Gretchen Konas
2nd Vice President – Carole Harrell
Secretary – Gerri Epperson
Treasurer – Denise Williams
Past President – Andi Robinson
For more information contact the office (770) 288-8421