Master Gardener Volunteers in Knox, Lincoln & Waldo Counties

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

Here’s information about our upcoming program, which begins in early November of 2018.

2018-2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Schedule

What: Thirteen (13) classes and two workshops/field trips with University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialists and industry experts. After the Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program, participants volunteer 40 or more hours at approved horticultural sites in their community.

When: Classes will be held on Thursdays from 1:00-4:30 PM beginning in early November and into December, 2016. Classes resume in late March 2019 followed by two workshops developed by the class.

Where: Most classes will be held at the UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln Counties office in Waldoboro and a few may be held at the UMaine Extension Waldo County office in Waldo. Carpooling is encouraged.

Focus: Fruits, vegetables, sustainable gardening in Maine, and volunteering in the community. If the class would like more training on ornamental horticulture, we can address this in the spring/summer workshops.

Core Classes: Introduction to UMaine Extension and the MGV Program, Soils, Organic Matter, Botany, Pests, Diseases, Pesticide Use and Safety, Becoming a Volunteer

Special Classes: Tree Fruit, Small Fruit, Vegetables, Food Safety, Cover Crops, Managing Weeds, etc.

Spring/Summer 2019 Workshops/Field Trips: Two will be chosen by the class. (Samples: Pruning woody ornamentals, designing perennial gardens, making twiggy arbors and fences, a nursery or farm tour, etc.)

Requirements: Attend 80% or more of the classes, two workshops, and complete at least 40 hours of volunteer work following the program on an approved project. A background check and UMaine Extension volunteer training is required of all volunteers. Participants not able or willing to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within a 12-month period following training should not apply for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Advanced Training: Once certified, Only 20 hours of volunteer time is required to remain as an active Master Gardener Volunteer. Active Master volunteers receive opportunities to expand their knowledge through classes, workshops, and volunteer activities.

Training Materials

We’re pleased to offer the continually updated Maine Master Gardener Manual online. This resource is a collection of bulletins, chapters, videos 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.

How to Apply

Registration closed. The 2018 – 2019 Master Gardener Volunteers program for Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties is now full.

Fees

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a statewide program and is one of the most popular and valued 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, 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 , which is currently $220.00. Limited financial assistance is available.

We welcome donations to support Master Gardener Volunteer activities.

For More Information

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 1.800.244.2104 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least fourteen days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.