How to Apply, Training and Fees

2020 Kennebec County Master Gardener Volunteers Program: Vegetable and Fruit Production

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.

Course Details


  • Mondays January 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.  (No class February 17.)
  • Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15.

Classes are from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., on January 27, please arrive no later than 12:15.  Classes will start on time. Many classes will include a brief presentation about specific volunteer project opportunities in the county.

Where: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County Office, 125 State Street, 3rd Floor, Augusta, ME

Requirements: Attend 80% of the classes, pass a written exam, and do 40 hours of volunteer work at approved community projects the first year following the program at an approved project. Participants not willing/able to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within a 12-month period following training should not apply for the Master Gardener Volunteers Program.

Participants are expected to complete their volunteer time in approved projects.

There are many ways to volunteer: demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.

How to Apply

Please register on-line here.

To request a printed application, please call 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine).

Review of applications will begin December 13.  Applications will be accepted after that date, as long as space is available.


If accepted, the fee for the course and materials is due by January 17.

The Master Gardener Volunteers program is a statewide program and is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. This program is committed to offering high-quality horticultural education to all interested Maine residents. To help us meet this goal and keep the program affordable, the program relies 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 program fee of $220. Limited financial assistance is available. Contact for more information.

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 to 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 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.

Schedule of Classes

Monday, January 27, 2020: Welcome and Compost, (please arrive no later than 12:15 p.m.)
Mark Hutchinson, Extension Educator, Agriculture

Monday February 3, 2020: Soils and Soil Fertility
Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, Agriculture

Monday, February 10, 2020:  Vegetable Production, Part 1
Mark Hutton, Extension Specialist, Vegetables

Week of February 17, 2020: NO CLASS

Monday, February 24, 2020: Botany for Gardeners
Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, Agriculture

Monday, March 2, 2020: Small Fruit Production, Part 1
David Handley, Extension Specialist, Small Fruit and Vegetables

Monday, March 9, 2020: Small Fruit Production, Part 2 and Garden Food Safety/GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)
David Handley, Extension Specialist, Small Fruit and Vegetables

Monday, March 16, 2020: Pesticide Use and Safety
John Pietroski, Maine Board of Pesticides Control

Monday, March 23, 2020:  Tree Fruit Production
Renae Moran, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist

Monday, March 30, 2020: Vegetable Production, Part 2 and Seed Saving
Mark Hutton, Extension Specialist, Vegetables

Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Weed Identification and Management and Cover Crops
Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, Agriculture

Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Volunteer Projects, Planning and Design
Liz Stanley, Horticulture Program Coordinator; and
Season Extension
Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, Agriculture

Wednesday, April 15, 2020: Insect and Disease Pests
Clay Kirby, Extension Insect Diagnostician and Alicyn Smart, Extension Plant Pathologist

Wednesday, April 29, 2020: HOLD in case of earlier weather cancellation

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 Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546, 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) or if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.

Master Gardener Volunteer Report Form

For More Information

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207.581.1226.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.