Master Gardener Volunteers
Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer takes a passion for green and growing things, and interest in sharing your enthusiasm for gardening with friends, neighbors, and the community.
Master Gardener Volunteers enjoy helping to create beauty in public as well as private spaces, and helping others learn how to grow their own food.
We are young and older; male and female; students, workers and retirees; and we all share an interest in nature, the environment, and growing plants.
Apply for the 2015 Master Gardener Volunteer Training!
Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Volunteer training. Master Gardeners are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.
Applications are currently closed for the 2014 course. Please contact the UMaine Extension Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties office at 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458 (in Maine) or KymNoelle Sposato to receive information for the 2015 Master Gardener Volunteer course when available.
2015 Training Schedule: TBD
Where: Tentatively scheduled to take place at the Topsham Public Library.
When: Tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoons beginning in February 2015.
Focus: Fruits and Vegetables for Maine
Core Classes: Soils, Composting/Organic Matter, Botany, Pests, Diseases, Pesticides, Volunteerism
Special Classes: Tree Fruit, Small Fruit, Vegetables, Food Safety, Cover Crops, and Managing Weeds
Requirements: Attend 80% of the classes, including all of the core classes, and complete 40 hours of volunteer work following the program at an approved project. Participants not willing/able to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within a 12-month period following training should not apply for the Master Gardener Volunteers Program.
We’re pleased to announce that the newly revised Maine Master Gardener Manual is now online. This resource is a collection of bulletins, chapters, and links that have been carefully selected to provide you with timely, in-depth, and applied information on a number of important horticultural topics. The online format will allow you to access new and updated materials long after your training. Much of this wonderful resource is accessible to the general public. Some sections are password protected to ensure access only by Maine Master Gardeners. Please contact KymNoelle Sposato at 207.353.5550, 1.800.287.1458 (in Maine) if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.
How to Apply
Application link will be available here in December 2014.
The fee for the course and materials is due at the first class meeting. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS.
The Master Gardener Volunteers program is a statewide program and is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. This program is committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine residents. To help us meet this goal and keep the program affordable, the program relies on tax dollars, donations, and program fees.
County, state, and federal tax dollars and donations do not fully cover the true costs of offering this program. Consequently, we must charge a program fee of $220. Limited scholarships are available.
To assist us in building the program scholarship fund that supports Maine residents of all incomes to participate in the program, we welcome tax-deductible donations.
For More Information
- Master Gardener Program Policies and Additional Information
- 2014-15 Statewide Training Schedule
If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.
Master Gardener Volunteer Re-enrollment for Current Active MGVs
The Master Gardener Volunteer year runs from June 1st of one year, to May 31st of the following year.
The UMaine Cooperative Extension County Offices must update contact information for each active Master Gardener Volunteer annually. The University of Maine also requires that Volunteer Standards of Behavior, Photo Release and Non-Discrimination forms be kept on file in each office for the current year.
Those forms can be found right here, please print, and fill them out then return them to the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties office. Please do so within the first few weeks of June.
Nondescrimination Form (Word)
Please let KymNoelle Sposato know if you’d like the forms mailed to you instead.