Be an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

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Extension Master Gardener Volunteers help make their communities a greener place to live by guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns and landscapes. Currently, over 4,400 Extension Master Gardeners are actively volunteering with their local Extension program in 85 of NC’s 100 counties. So far this year NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have contributed 143,775 hours of service to communities all across the state. This number will increase this spring as North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Lee County offers a new Extension Master Gardener Volunteer class.

Extension Master Gardeners receive intensive training and participate in a comprehensive internship at the Cooperative Extension center. In return, they volunteer to help the organization meet a tremendous demand for advice and educational outreach related to sustainable gardening. By answering questions, teaching classes, creating demonstration gardens, guiding tours, talking with community groups and other educational endeavors the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers help cultivate healthy, connected and engaged communities.

The volunteers in Lee County greatly expand our local Extension program’s ability to provide gardening information and education for both adults and young people, as well as provide educational support to community efforts such as school and community gardens.

No previous formal training or expertise is necessary to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, just a passion for both gardening and volunteer service helping people learn. If you would like to find out more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, please contact the extension office at 919-775-5624 or attend one of our free upcoming information sessions at the Lee County Library this fall to learn what it means to be an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and how to become one in Lee County.

The sessions will be held Saturday, November 5th from10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesday, December 7th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Each session will also discuss educational resources available to gardeners and residents from N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Lee County Center.

Interest in the 2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is high and class size is limited, so please let us know early if you are interested.

Minda Daughtry is Horticulture Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.