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Hancock & Washington Counties Master Gardener Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Volunteer training.  Master Gardener Volunteers are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.

2017 Hancock/Washington Counties Master Gardener Volunteer Training (Ellsworth)

The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to provide training to prepare you to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Hancock County  typically graduates  25 Master Gardener Volunteers after 16 weeks of intensive horticulture instruction.  Master Gardeners complete the next portion of their commitment volunteering at various established projects throughout Hancock and Washington Counties.  We are looking for people who would like to volunteer on the following types of community projects:

  • Care for and conduct educational outreach from community demonstration gardens,
  • join a regional effort to grow, glean & deliver food for those in need,
  • help plan and lead public workshops on relevant gardening topics for small groups,
  • conduct children’s gardening programs,
  • conduct inventories of and eradicate invasive plant species from local natural areas, and
  • help raise funds to support our Master Gardener Volunteer program.

After completing the training, you are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours within one year on an existing Master Gardener Volunteer project in Hancock or Washington County.

2017 Training Schedule & Requirements

The 2017 training will be held at the Hancock County Extension Office on Fridays from 8:30 am – noon, January 27th through May 26th.  There will also be 3 Saturday morning classes (Feb 18th, March 11th, and April 29th). The focus of the 2017 course will be on vegetable and fruit production, herbaceous landscape plants, and volunteerism.    Those who commit to this program  are expected to attend at least 80% of the classes,  pass the final exam, and work actively on an approved volunteer project following the course.  The training is held at the UMaine Cooperative Extension office in Hancock County, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth.  Volunteer projects are located throughout Hancock and Washington Counties.

2017 MG Course Schedule – Click Here

Training Materials

The Maine Master Gardener Manual is online. This resource is a collection of bulletins, chapters, and links that have been carefully selected to provide you with timely, in-depth, and applied information on a number of important horticultural topics. The online format will allow you to access new and updated materials long after your training. Much of this wonderful resource is accessible to the general public. Some sections are password protected to ensure access only by Maine Master Gardeners. Please contact Sue Baez  if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.

2017 Fees *

The Master Gardener Volunteers program is one of the most popular and valued state-wide programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. We are committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine residents. To help us meet this goal and keep the program affordable, we rely on tax dollars, donations, and program fees.

County, state, and federal tax dollars and donations do not fully cover the true costs of offering this program. Consequently, we must charge a cost recovery fee of $220Limited financial assistance is available.  Contact Sue Baez for more information. The fee will be due upon acceptance to the program, before the first class.

Background Check

It is the University of Maine’s policy to conduct a background check on those who have direct responsibility for the care, safety, and security of community members or property and the care, safety, and security of minors (under 18), the elderly, incapacitated persons, or persons with developmental disabilities who participate in University sponsored programs. Master Gardener Volunteers’ projects are diverse in scope and there are many occasions where Master Gardener Volunteers do take on this level of responsibility. It is for that reason we conduct background checks on all volunteers. If you are accepted into the program, Extension staff will provide you with the necessary URL for the background check. The Human Resources Department handles the background check process and staff does not receive a copy of the results. Please be aware the any issues arising for the background check will not necessarily preclude you from participation in the program or being unable to volunteer, but it may impact which projects you are ultimately matched with. The University of Maine is committed to providing a safe environment for teaching, learning and community outreach

We welcome donations to support Master Gardener Volunteer activities.

2017 Application

Applications are not being accepted at this time.  Deadline has passed

Deadline to apply — Wednesday, January 4th, 2017  4:30 PM


For More Information

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 1-800-287-1479  to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


Master Gardener Volunteers submit volunteer hours at this link:
Master Gardener Volunteer Hours Reporting Form

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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in Hancock County
63 Boggy Brook Road
Ellsworth, Maine 04605-9540
Phone: 207.667.8212 or 1.800.287.1479 (in Maine)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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