Cumberland County Master Gardeners volunteer opportunities

a group of Master Gardeners at tidewater farmMaine’s Master Gardener Program provides participants with at roughly 60 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

2019 Master Gardner Volunteer Training Course

  • Dates: 17 Friday afternoons from February 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019 with no class on Friday, May 24 due to the holiday weekend.
  • Time: 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine (for most classes)
  • Application: Applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Cost: $220 per person (financial assistance is available)

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Pamela Hargest at or 207.781.6099.

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