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.

Last year:

1030 Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) gave nearly 39,000 hours for educational and food security projects!

Illustration showing: MGVs supported 79 community gardens; 45 school gardens; 53 demonstration gardens; 34 programs involving 7,054 youth in horticulture activities; and MGVs distributed 213,770 pounds of food to 130 food distribution agencies and countless neighbors in need as part of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program.

Who can become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

Master Gardener Volunteers are people of all types who want to make a difference. They 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.