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:

952 Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) gave more than 35,000 hours for educational and food security projects!

Illustration showing: MGVs supported 80 community gardens; 86 school gardens;103 demonstration gardens; 56 programs involving 1,579 youth in horticulture activities; and MGVs distributed 257,426 pounds of food to 142 food distribution agencies and countless neighbors in need as part of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. (fiscal year 2016)

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.