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. We are looking for people who would like to volunteer on the following types of community projects:
· 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 Machias, and
· help raise funds to support our Master Gardener Volunteer program.
The 2013 training will be held at the Washington County Extension Office on Tuesdays (one class will be held on a Monday) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from September 10 through October 22.
The focus of this year’s course is on ornamental horticulture, ecological landscaping, and volunteerism. It will not cover vegetable and fruit production. If you commit to this program, you are expected to attend at least 80% of the classes and work actively on an approved volunteer project following the course. See course agenda (Word).
Master Gardener Training Manual
The Master Gardener course manual is an online resource. It contains instructional videos, images and reading that require a reliable Internet connection.
To assure that the Master Gardener Volunteers program is affordable to all Maine residents, our program fee structure reflects each person’s income and ability to pay. We recognize that some individuals may not be able to pay the program fee attached to the annual household income scale. If this is the case, please select a lower household income category, or discuss the option of a partial scholarship with me.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be asked to self-select the program fee below based on your annual household income:
Annual household income / Program Fee
$40,000 or less / $110
$40,001 – $70,000 / $220
$70,001 or more / $330
If you feel you are not able to pay the program fee associated with your annual household income please let me know, as there are scholarship funds available. Payment will be due before the first day of class, but other arrangements can be made if necessary.
Please return the Master Gardener Application (PDF) to the Washington County Extension Office no later than Friday, August 30th.
The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207.581.1226.
If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Marjorie Peronto at 1-800-287-1542 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.