How to Apply / Training Schedule

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.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Course. If you would like an email, when we are accepting applications, you can email Lynne Holland at lynne.holland@maine.edu

Applications are due by February 15.

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.

Please contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties Office with any questions.

Participants will be required to do 40 hours of volunteer work in Androscoggin or Sagadahoc Counties by September 30, 2020, to be certified as a Maine Master Gardener Volunteer.

2019 Training Schedule for New Master Gardener Volunteers

The 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Schedule is April 2 – May 28, 2019 with a summer break before picking up again August 24 – October 15. Classes will be held at the Lisbon Falls Cooperative Extension Office on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 8:00pm, with one Saturday class. There will be a total of 16 classes; a few may be off site at farms/projects in the area.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be at the Lisbon Falls office. 

**TUESDAY APR. 2.   Orientation to University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener Volunteers with Tori Jackson, Extension Educator. Pre-test. The second half of class will be on food insecurity and gleaning in our counties.

TUESDAY APR 9.  Small Fruit I Berries With David Handley, Extension Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist. ** Cancelled due to Weather**

**TUESDAY APR 16, Basic Soil Science and Soil Testing, with Jason Lilley, Sustainable Agriculture Educator.  VOLT Training Assigned.

**TUESDAY APR 23.   Botany for Home Gardeners I with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator. (2 hr)   “Gardening Forever” presented by Ellen Gibson from AgrAbility. (1hr)

**TUESDAY APR. 30.   Botany for Home Gardeners II with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator (2 hr).  Gleaning and Volunteering as a Trainee (1 hr)

TUESDAY MAY 7.   Vegetables I with Mark Hutton, Extension Vegetable Specialist.

TUESDAY MAY 14. Small Fruit I Berries With David Handley, Extension Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist.  

**TUESDAY MAY 21.*  Composting for Gardeners with Mark Hutchinson, Extension Educator.  Hand out Mid-Term.

TUESDAY MAY 28. Vegetables II and Seed Saving with Mark Hutton.

TUESDAY JUNE 4  Small Fruit II and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Food Safety with David Handley.   Turn In Mid-Term.

Summer Break

SATURDAY AUG. 24.*  Tree Fruit and Pruning Workshop with Renae Moran, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist (Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).

*Offsite Location:  Highmoor Farm

TUESDAY AUG. 27. Pesticide Use and Storage with John Pietroski, Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Department of Agriculture.

TUESDAY SEPT. 3.   NO CLASS

**TUESDAY SEPT. 10.  Insect Pests with Clay Kirby, Extension Entomologist

TUESDAY SEPT. 17.  Pollinators and Invasive Plants with Matt Wallhead, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist.

TUESDAY SEPT. 24.  NO Class on Tuesday Gleaning Project. Saturday or Daytime event with Maine Gleaning Network

**TUESDAY OCT. 1. Plant Diseases and First Detector Training with Alicyn Smart, Extension Plant Pathologist.  Hand out final Exam

**WEEK OF OCT. 8  Master Gardener Volunteers and Volunteerism with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Liz Stanley, Community Education Assistant.

**TUESDAY OCT. 15. Volunteering in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties with Certified Master Gardener Volunteers and Tori Jackson, Extension Educator. Hand in Final Exam and take Post-Test.

Training Materials

The newly revised Maine Master Gardener Volunteers Manual is now online.


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 Lynne Holland at lynne.holland@maine.edu or call 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.

Background Check

It is the University of Maine’s policy to conduct a background check on those who have direct responsibility for the care, safety, and security of community members or property and the care, safety, and security of minors (under 18), the elderly, incapacitated persons, or persons with developmental disabilities who participate in University-sponsored programs. Master Gardener Volunteers’ projects are diverse in scope and there are many occasions where Master Gardener Volunteers do take on this level of responsibility. It is for that reason we conduct background checks on all volunteers. If you are accepted into the program, Extension staff will provide you with the necessary URL for the background check. The Human Resources Department handles the background check process and staff does not receive a copy of the results. Please be aware any issues arising for the background check will not necessarily preclude you from participation in the program or being unable to volunteer, but it may impact which projects you are ultimately matched with. The University of Maine is committed to providing a safe environment for teaching, learning and community outreach.

Fees

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 at lynne.holland@maine.edu 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 October 1st of one year, to September 30th 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. These forms can be found below. Please print and complete them, then return them to the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties office. Please do so within the first few weeks of October.

Please contact Lynne Holland at lynne.holland@maine.edu if you’d like the forms mailed to you.