York County Master Gardener Volunteer Program - Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer
Dear Gardening Friend:
Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener program. Please see the application form, our program policy, a tentative course schedule and a list of Community Projects. The Winter/Spring 2013 training will begin on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 and run through June (if snow days are needed).
Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 9am-12:30pm at the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale unless otherwise noted. The training will be interactive with lecture and hands on learning. Attendance is required for successful completion of training. The cost of the training is on a sliding scale and includes all training materials, as well as registration for the 2013 Maine Garden Day. Scholarships are available and arrangements can be made for spreading out payment of the fee. Please see program fee policy below.
Please do not send any payment with your application.
Participants in the 2013 Master Gardener Program will receive more than 65 hours of in-depth training on horticulture and being a community Master Gardener Volunteer. The focus of the training this year will be on ornamental horticulture (next year the focus will be on fruits and vegetables). After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener Trainee is required to serve a 40 hour volunteer internship in order to complete the program and become a “certified” Master Gardener Volunteer. Becoming a “certified” Master Gardener Volunteer entitles you to continue to participate in advanced learning and to sit in on next year’s topics that won’t be covered this year.
The 40 hours of volunteer time outside the training internship is really the most important aspect of the program. This is why University of Maine Cooperative Extension invests so much in volunteers. We have reached thousands of people in York County with educational information through the outreach efforts of trained Master Gardener Volunteers. This is a big commitment, so if you think your life this year may be too busy to volunteer, please consider applying another time.
Class is limited to 30 participants. We do have an application screening process. This is not a first come first serve application process. What we primarily look for in successful applicants is enthusiasm, some experience in gardening, and volunteer community service. Please give serious consideration to your application. Applications must be received by December 14, 2012. Please note that a current Letter of Reference is required with your application. (one per applicant, but may not be from a spouse, partner or family member) You will hear back from us as to whether or not you have been selected for this year’s program within 2 weeks after the application deadline.
Sliding Scale Program Fee
The Master Gardener Volunteers program is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The dedication of Master Gardener Volunteers to addressing local social issues through volunteerism is a model used by other organizations throughout the country.
The Master Gardener Volunteer program is committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine citizens. To meet this goal, we offer a sliding tuition scale based on a Total Household Annual Gross Income and ability to pay as an equitable way to keep the program affordable for all. Tuition fees are listed as three values with the suggested household income listed below each category; you will self-select your category:
$160 $270 $380
$40,000 or less $40,000 – $70,000 $70,000 or more
We recognize that some individuals may not be able to pay the tuition in the suggested category. These people are encouraged to choose a lower-income category or to apply for financial aid with the Master Gardener coordinator in your county.
Note: Please do not send in a check with this application. Once accepted into the program, we will provide you with the payment procedures.