Oxford County Master Gardener Volunteers

Oxford County Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Volunteers: please visit our COVID-19 MGV Policy website for the most up-to date information about volunteering.

Maine’s Master Gardener Program provides participants with approximately 60 hours of in-depth training on a variety of gardening topics including soil, composting, fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, pest control and more. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts.

In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise for community projects. This training is intended for people who wish to become new volunteers, or existing volunteers who want a refresher. To become certified, participants must complete 40 hours of volunteer work within the first year. Trainees will be connected with service projects that are best suited for their interests, skill set, schedule and location.

As part of a national Cooperative Extension effort, Master Gardeners are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve their communities.

Master Gardener Projects might include:

  • teaching children about the environment
  • developing school gardening projects
  • designing and building barrier-free gardens for persons with disabilities
  • developing demonstration gardens to test different plant varieties
  • planning and conducting educational workshops
  • designing and constructing displays for special events
  • Maine Harvest for Hunger program, a program to assist in feeding the homeless and hungry

For more information contact University of Maine Cooperative Extension Oxford County at 207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1482 (in Maine) or extension.oxford@maine.edu.

2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course

  • Dates: Mondays, January 27 – June 8 (excluding holidays)
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: UMaine Extension Oxford County office (for most classes), 9 Olson Road, South Paris, Maine
  • Application: Training is currently full, please email Rebecca.J.Long@maine.edu to be added to a waiting list for 2021.


  • Session 1: Jan. 27 – What is the MGV program and what do we do?
  • Session 2: Feb. 3 – Soils with Rebecca Long, Extension Agriculture Professional
  • Session 3: Feb. 10 – Compost with Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor
  • Session 4: Feb. 24 – Botany 1 with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator
  • Session 5: Mar. 2 – Botany 2 with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator
  • Session 6: Mar. 9 – Vegetables 1 with Mark Hutton, Extension Vegetable Specialist
  • Session 7: Mar. 16 – Vegetables 2 with Mark Hutton, Extension Vegetable Specialist
  • Session 8: Mar. 23 – Small Fruit 1 with David Handley, Extension Small Fruit Specialist
  • Session 9: Mar. 30 – Small Fruit 2/Food Safety, with David Handley, Extension Small Fruit Specialist
  • Session 10: Apr. 6 – Tree Fruit with Renae Moran, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist
  • Session 11: Apr. 13 – Plant Diseases with Alicyn Smart, Extension Plant Pathologist
  • Session 12: Apr. 27 – Insect Pests with Clay Kirby, Extension Entomologist
  • Session 13: May 4 – Ornamental Horticulture with Matt Wallhead, Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
  • Session 14: May 11 – Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants with Heather McCargo, Executive Director of Wild Seed Project
  • Session 15: May 18 – Pesticide Safety with John Pietroski Manager of Pesticides Programs for Maine Board of Pesticides Control
  • Session 16: June 1 – Volunteerism with Liz Stanley, Extension Horticulture Community Education Assistant
  • Session 17: June 8 – Final Exam

*schedule is subject to change


The fee for the course and materials ($220) is due before the first class meeting. Please be sure to pay your fee online prior to the first class. You will be sent a link once you are accepted into the program.

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 Rebecca Long (rebecca.j.long@maine.edu) at 207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) for more information.

We welcome donations to support Master Gardener Volunteers activities.

More Information

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Rebecca Long at 207.743.6329 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.