How to Apply / Training Schedules

To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, or to find out more about the program, call or e-mail the UMaine Extension expert in your county or click on the location links below. To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, you must successfully complete 40+ hours of training and volunteer for 40 hours towards community gardening programs and activities.

Location Start Date Time Contact
Androscoggin / Sagadahoc
(Topsham)
March 30 – June 8, 2020 with a break for summer; classes resume August 24 – October 26, 2020, for a total of 16 weeks. Application deadline: February 15, 2020. Mondays, 1:00-4:30 PM at the Topsham Library. At least two sessions will be at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth. Lynne Holland
207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458 (in Maine)
Aroostook County Videoconference connection with Penobscot County training. See the website for schedule and location details. Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Kate Garland, 207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine)
Cumberland County
(Falmouth)
18 Thursday evenings from February 6, 2020 – June 4, 2020, plus two field trips on Saturday, March 20, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM and Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 4:30 – 7 PM. Application deadline: December 16, 2019. Thursdays, 4:30 – 8:00 PM, one Saturday class Pamela Hargest
207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)
Franklin County TBA TBA
Hancock / Washington Counties
(Ellsworth)
Friday, January 24 – Friday, May 22, 2020. Application deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Fridays, 8:30 AM – Noon, plus three Tuesday evening classes, April 7, 21, and 28, 5:00 – 8:15 PM Marjorie Peronto
207.667.8212 or 1.800.287.1479 (in Maine)
Kennebec / Waldo Counties
(Augusta)
January 27 – April 29, 2020 (see the website for specific dates). Review of applications begins December 13, 2019. Mondays and some Wednesdays, 12:30 – 4:00 PM Caragh Fitzgerald
207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine)
Knox / Lincoln / Waldo Counties
(Waldoboro and Waldo)
TBA
TBA Elizabeth Stanley
207.832.0343 or 1.800.244.2104 (in Maine)
Oxford County
(South Paris)
January 27 – June 8, 2020 (excluding holidays). Application deadline: December 20, 2019.
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:30 PM Rebecca Long
207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine)
Penobscot February 25 – May 19 and September 1 – 22, 2020. See the website for schedule and location details.
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Kate Garland, 207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine)
Piscataquis County TBA
TBA Trisha Smith
207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine)
Somerset County Videoconference connection with Penobscot County training. See the website for schedule and location details. Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Kathy Hopkins
207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)
York County
(Springvale)
January 29 – June 3, 2020. See the website for schedule and location details.
Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Frank Wertheim
207.324.2814 or 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine)

*Many counties are willing to have applicants from other counties attend the trainings, space permitting. Some require all or a portion of volunteer time in the county of the training. If your county does not offer Master Gardener training, feel free to contact the county nearest you for their policy.