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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.

Master Gardener Volunteers Training!

Please, read Learn More About Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteers

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.

2018 Master Gardener Volunteers Training Schedule

We will holding our classes from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in various places in Auburn (including Whiting Farm)  from April 3-May 22, we’ll then have a summer break and pick it up again August 28-October 16.

We are moving to 16 weeks instead of 14 and looking to incorporate some off site classes such as pruning, gleaning and one project day. Details will be posted as they become available.

Focus: Fruits and Vegetables for Maine

Orientation to UMaine Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener Volunteers with Tori Jackson, Extension Educator. PRE-TEST Assign VOLT Videos

Small Fruit I – Berries With David Handley, Extension Small Fruit & Vegetable Specialist

*Basic Soil Science & Soil Testing, with Jason Lilley, Sustainable Agriculture Educator Questions on VOLT

Vegetables I with Mark Hutton, Extension Vegetable Specialist

Vegetables II and Seed Saving with Mark Hutton. Check in on VOLT completion

*Botany for Home Gardeners with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator

Small Fruit and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) – Food Safety with David Handley, Extension Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist

Tree Fruit, with Renae Moran, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist

*Insect Pests with Clay Kirby, Extension Entomologist

*Pesticide Use and Storage and the Yardscaping Program with Megan Paterson Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Department of Agriculture

*Composting for Gardeners with Mark Hutchinson – FIELD TRIP TO HIGHMOOR FARM COMPOST SCHOOL**

Plant Diseases and First Detector Training with Extension Plant Pathologist or Cathy Kloetzli. Hand out Take-Home Final Exam

*Master Gardener Volunteers and Volunteerism with UMaine, Liz Stanley & Tori Jackson, Extension Educator Final VOLT check in. Hand out Take-Home Final Exam

*Volunteering in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties with Certified MGVs & Tori Jackson, Extension Educator. Hand in Final Exam and take POST-TEST

*Indicates Core Classes: Soils, Composting/Organic Matter, Botany, Pests, Diseases, Pesticides, Volunteerism

Special Classes: Veggies 1, Veggies 2, Tree Fruit, Small Fruit/GAP, Plant Diseases and Insect Pests

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 projectParticipants 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.


Training Materials

We’re pleased to announce that the newly revised Maine Master Gardener Volunteers 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 Hopson 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

Applications are closed for 2017. Check back here for details on how to apply for the 2018 session.


The fee for the course and materials ($220) is due before the first class meeting. Please be sure to pay your fee online prior to the first class. You will be sent a link once you are accepted into the program.

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 financial assistance is available. Contact Lynne Holland for more information.

We welcome donations to support Master Gardener Volunteers activities.

For More Information

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 Volunteers 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.

MGV Contact Enrollment Form (Word)

UMaine Extension Volunteer Standards of Behavior Form: Word | PDF

Nondescrimination Form (Word)

Extension Photo Release Form (PDF)

Please let KymNoelle Hopson know if you’d like the forms mailed to you.