Maine Master Gardener Volunteers

COVID-19 MGV Policy

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are encouraging all of our volunteers to stay home and practice social distancing when traveling for essential items as recommended by the CDC . We will not be approving any volunteer hours that require Master Gardener Volunteers to travel or be present on-site of a garden project while in-person activities are suspended.

All in-person Master Gardener Volunteer related activities are suspended until further notice, including (but not limited to) plant sales, meetings, gleanings, demonstration garden maintenance and workdays. Master Gardener Volunteers may only perform volunteer work from their own home or property on projects that have been approved by their MGV Coordinator.

All Master Gardener Volunteer trainees who are currently working towards their certification will receive additional time to complete their initial 40 hours of volunteer service. All currently active Master Gardener Volunteers will not be required to complete their annual 20 hours of volunteer service in order to maintain their certification. However, individuals are encouraged to continue to volunteer on approved projects, as they are able.  Please report those hours in a timely way so we can track our impact within our communities.

Please understand that this was a difficult decision for UMaine Extension’s Home Horticulture team to make, especially knowing how passionate our volunteers are about their projects and serving their communities. We are doing our best to ensure the utmost safety among our volunteers and communities we serve as we continue to assess the situation. If you have any creative ideas for volunteering as a Master Gardener at home, please discuss your ideas with your MGV Coordinator.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your MGV Coordinator. The situation will continually be assessed and updates will be provided to all active Master Gardener Volunteers and partner organizations.

Updated: 4/3/20



It takes a passion for green and growing things, and interest in sharing your enthusiasm for gardening with friends, neighbors, and the community to be a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Master Gardener Volunteers enjoy helping to create beauty in public as well as private spaces and helping others learn how to grow their own food.

We are young and older; male and female; students, workers, and retirees; and we all share an interest in nature, the environment, and growing things.

If you are not yet a Master Gardener, learn how you can become one by applying to the York County Master Gardener Program. Then you, too, can become a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Find Out How to Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

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For More Information, Contact:

UMaine Cooperative Extension in York County
15 Oak Street, Suite 302
Springvale, Maine 04083
Tel: 207.324.2814 or 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine)