Maine Master Gardener Volunteers

All in-person Master Gardener Volunteer related activities are suspended until further notice, including (but not limited to) plant sales, meetings, gleanings, demonstration garden maintenance and workdays. Master Gardener Volunteers may only perform volunteer work from their own home or property on projects that have been approved by their MGV Coordinator.

All Master Gardener Volunteer trainees who are currently working towards their certification will receive additional time to complete their initial 40 hours of volunteer service. All currently active Master Gardener Volunteers will not be required to complete their annual 20 hours of volunteer service in order to maintain their certification. However, individuals are encouraged to continue to volunteer on approved projects, as they are able.

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

Updated: 6/25/2020

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:

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.