Maine Master Gardener Volunteers

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.

Effective October 15, 2021:

Access to campus, university facilities, and buildings for visitors and employees: University System campuses and buildings, in general, are open. Visitors — along with students, staff, and faculty — are currently required to wear face coverings, at all times, indoors at this time, regardless of vaccination status.

Many events or activities for which visitors would come to campus also will require evidence of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

For more information about face coverings, vaccination requirements, and other such protocols, please visit the UMS Community Guidance For Everyone page.

Master Gardener Volunteers

The University of Maine System is continuing our state-wide gradual reopening process with new COVID-19 protocols and modifications in place. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are also continuing a gradual restart process. 

As we restart in-person programs and projects, all Master Gardener Volunteers who wish to become involved must follow our COVID-19 volunteer guidelines. Master Gardener Volunteers no longer need to receive individual approval to volunteer in person.

Master Gardener Volunteers who do not wish to volunteer in person may continue to perform volunteer work from their own home or property on projects that have been approved by their MGV Coordinator.

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

Last Year:

919 Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) gave more than 33,800 hours for educational and food security projects!

Illustration showing: MGVs supported 53 community gardens; 50 school gardens; 57 demonstration gardens; 66 programs involving 4,129 youth in horticulture activities; and in 2019 MGVs distributed 193,649 pounds of food to 207 food distribution agencies and countless neighbors in need as part of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program.

Who can become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

We strive to offer Master Gardener programs that are inclusive of and represent the communities in which they serve. Master Gardeners are people who want to use their gardening skills to create positive change in their communities. Whether working with students on a school garden, teaching a workshop on making great compost, growing and donating produce to Maine Harvest for Hunger or beautifying a public space, Master Gardener Volunteers take an active role in making things happen!

Everyone who successfully completes the 40+ hours of training and volunteers 40 hours towards community gardening programs and activities can become a Master Gardener Volunteer.

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