Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer

Dear Gardening Friend:

Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener program. Please see the application form, our program policy, a tentative course schedule, and a list of ongoing Community Projects. The 2020 training will begin on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and run through mid-June (if snow days are needed).  If a paper application is needed, please contact the office.  Applications are due in the office by Monday, January 6, 2020.

Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 9:00am-12:30pm at the Kennedy Center, 15 Oak Street, Springvale unless otherwise noted. The training will be interactive with lecture and hands on learning. Attendance is required for successful completion of training. The cost of the training is $220. Limited financial assistance is available. Contact us for more information.

Please do not send any payment with your application.

Participants in the 2020 Master Gardener Program will receive more than 70 hours of in-depth training on horticulture and being a community Master Gardener Volunteer. The horticulture focus of the training will be primarily on growing fruits and vegetables with a minor emphasis on ornamental horticulture. After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener Trainee is required to serve a 40 hour volunteer internship in order to complete the program and become a “certified” Master Gardener Volunteer. Becoming a “certified” Master Gardener Volunteer entitles you to continue to participate in advanced learning and to sit in on future classes.

The 40 hours of volunteer time outside the training is really the most important aspect of the program. This is why University of Maine Cooperative Extension invests so much in volunteers. Over the past 20+ years UMaine Extension has reached thousands of people in York County with educational information through the outreach efforts of trained Master Gardener Volunteers.  Our volunteers have consistently found volunteering as a Master Gardener to be highly rewarding. This is a big commitment, however, so if you think your life this year may be too busy to volunteer, please consider applying another time.

Class is limited to 30 participants. We do have an application screening process. This is not a first come, first serve application process. What we primarily look for in successful applicants is enthusiasm, some experience in gardening, and volunteer community service. Please give serious consideration to your application. Applications must be received by January 6, 2020. Please note that a current Letter of Reference is required with your application. (one per applicant, but may not be from a spouse, partner or family member.  Your letter should be from someone who can speak to your commitment to volunteering) You will hear back from us as to whether or not you have been selected for this year’s program within 2 weeks after the application deadline.

The Master Gardener Volunteers program is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The dedication of Master Gardener Volunteers to addressing local issues through volunteerism is a model used by other organizations throughout the country.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine citizens.

We welcome donations to support Master Gardener Volunteer activities.

Note: Please do not send in a check with this application. Once accepted into the program, we will provide you with the payment procedures.