Examples of Projects
As a new Master Gardener trainee, 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 (MGVs) have found that by working together on shared projects they are much more likely to succeed and have a positive Master Gardener experience.
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.
- 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 (MHH)– 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 shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, etc. or give their time to gleaning/delivering produce.
- Wells Reserve at 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 and MHH 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.
- Portland Flower Show – Staffing a UMaine Extension Master Gardener information table.
- Other community projects – you may choose, for up to 10 of your 40 hours, other appropriate community projects such as town, library, community and school gardens. Such projects need to have an educational component (not be merely installation and/or maintenance). The educational component should include training host site staff or volunteers to be responsible for the project long term. Such projects must be pre approved via this form.