Examples of Projects
As a new Master Gardener trainee, you may choose to focus some of your volunteer time (10 hours) on a new community project. Any Master Gardener may initiate a new community project by submitting a Project Approval Form.
The majority of your time (30 hours) in your first year of certification should be in one of our ongoing community projects as outlined below. Master Gardener Volunteers have found that by working together on shared projects they are much more likely to succeed and have a positive Master Gardener experience.
- Kids Can Grow – Youth gardening program. Master Gardener Volunteers contribute to the program by teaching, and mentoring children. This series of classes are held on Saturdays, once a month from April – September. Volunteers also mentor participating youth at their home gardens.
- Maine Harvest for Hunger – Program recruits farmers and home gardeners to donate produce from their farm/garden to area food pantries, shelters, and senior housing projects. Master Gardeners can serve on the organizational team to coordinate this county-wide program, networking with the media and shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, etc. or give their time to gleaning/delivering produce.
- Laudholm Farm – UMaine Cooperative Extension collaborates with Laudholm Farm, allowing Master Gardener Volunteers to manage the native plant demonstration garden and an ‘All Seasons’ demonstration garden on the grounds at Wells Reserve.
- Plant Sale – Coordinated by 2-4 Master Gardeners with the Master Gardener Association Advisory and support from all Master Gardener Volunteers. This is a major fundraising event for the York County Master Gardener Association, to support all York County Master Gardener Projects and is usually held on a Saturday in May.
- Garden Angel– Program links Master Gardeners (Garden Angels) with recipients who usually are elderly persons with physical or mental and financial limitations who love to garden but need a friend, helping hand or Garden Angel to help them be able to continue gardening.
- Workshops – May be held once or twice a year, offered by Master Gardeners, covering many subjects, and open to the public or may be at the request of a community organization.
- YardScaping– YardScaping hopes to inspire Maine people to create and maintain healthy landscapes through ecologically based practices. A demonstration garden in the Back Cove area of Portland utilizes Master Gardener Volunteers from both Cumberland and York Counties to plant and maintain it.
- Portland Flower Show – Staffing a UMaine Extension Master Gardener information table.
- Other community projects – you may choose for the remaining 10 hours in your first year: Various town, library, or school gardens; beautification projects; Community Gardens, etc.