Cumberland County Master Gardener Volunteers

The University of Maine System is beginning a state-wide gradual reopening process with new COVID-19 protocols and modifications in place. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are also beginning a gradual restart process, which initially will prioritize Maine Harvest for Hunger. All other in-person Master Gardener Volunteer related activities remain suspended until they have been approved by your MGV Coordinator.

As we restart in-person Maine Harvest for Hunger county programs and projects, all Master Gardener Volunteers who wish to become involved, must complete all Covid-19 Volunteering Requirements as Outlined with this Link, and follow all CDC guidelines and protocols. 

Master Gardener Volunteer trainees who are currently working towards their certification will continue to receive additional time to complete their initial 40 hours of volunteer service. Currently active certified Master Gardener Volunteers will still not be required to complete their annual 20 hours of volunteer service in order to maintain their certification. However, individuals may, with approval, continue to volunteer as they are able. Please report those hours in a timely way so we can track our impact within our communities.

For more information about our updated policy, please visit our COVID-19 MGV Policy website.

Updated: 9/4/2020

a group of Master Gardeners at tidewater farmMaine’s Master Gardener Program provides participants with at roughly 65 hours of in-depth training in the science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from Extension educators and horticulture experts.

A Master Gardener knows:

  • how to turn leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps into garden gold — compost
  • how to amend the soil and benefit the environment
  • the difference between beneficial insects and pests
  • how to get the most out of Maine’s short growing season
  • the knowledge to solve common gardening problems

In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.

As part of a national Cooperative Extension effort, Master Gardeners are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve their communities.

Master Gardener Projects might include:

  • teaching children about the environment
  • developing school gardening projects
  • designing and building barrier-free gardens for persons with disabilities
  • developing demonstration gardens to test different plant varieties
  • planning and conducting educational workshops
  • designing and constructing displays for special events
  • Maine Harvest for Hunger program, a program to assist in feeding the homeless and hungry

Master Gardeners can help direct their own advanced training.

Here are examples of how Maine Master Gardeners have helped each other learn more: In several Maine counties, Master Gardeners have created demonstration gardens, which are excellent places to teach other gardeners at field days, workshops and tours. They also provide places where Master Gardeners can experiment with new techniques, design theme gardens and hone their gardening skills.

For more information contact University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or pamela.hargest@maine.edu.


2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course

  • Dates: 18 Thursday evenings from February 6, 2020 – June 4, 2020, plus one field trip on Saturday, March 20, 2020 from 11am to 2:30pm and Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 4:30pm to 7pm
  • Time: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine (for most classes)
  • Application: Application period is now closed.
  • Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019
  • Cost: $220 per person (financial assistance is available)

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Pamela Hargest at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 207.781.6099.


Already a Master Gardener Volunteer in Cumberland County? Please proceed to the page,  Master Gardener Volunteers Online Resource (password-protected)