Educational Programs - Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers
2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Training
The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to provide training to prepare you to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community. After completing the training, you are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours within one year on an already established project.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Hancock County recently “graduated” 25 Master Gardener Volunteers after 16 weeks of intensive gardening instruction. These Master Gardeners will begin the next portion of their commitment volunteering at various established projects throughout Hancock County. This year’s class focused on growing vegetables and fruits. Project they’ll be working on will include:
- Care for and conduct educational outreach from community demonstration gardens,
- help coordinate a regional effort to grow & deliver food for those in need,
- help plan and lead public workshops on a relevant gardening topic for small groups,
- research and answer gardening questions in the Extension Office in Ellsworth,
- help raise funds to support our Master Gardener Volunteer program, and
- help with horticulture related research projects.
2014 Training Schedule
The 2014 training was held at the Hancock County Extension Office on Fridays from 8:30 am – noon, January 24th thru May 2nd. The focus on this year’s course has been on vegetable and fruit production and volunteerism. It did not cover ornamental horticulture or ecological landscaping. Those who commit to this program are expected to attend at least 80% of the classes and work actively on an approved volunteer project following the course. Training were held at the UMaine Cooperative Extension office in Hancock County, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth.
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 Sue Baez if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.
2014 Fees *
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. We recognize that some individuals may not be able to pay the program fee. If this is the case, please apply for a program scholarship with Sue Baez. 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
- E-mail Sue Baez or call 667-8212 or 1-800-287-1479 (Maine only)
- Master Gardener Program Policies and Additional Information
- 2014 statewide training schedule
If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 1-800-287-1479 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.