Become an EMG Volunteer
Why Become an Extension Master Gardener?
Extension Master Gardeners become friends with many interesting and talented individuals. Extension Master Gardeners never stop learning, but continue to grow in their knowledge of garden related issues. Being an Extension Master Gardener volunteer is a fun, interesting and rewarding experience.
Who Can Apply?
Any Post Rock District resident the Post Rock District includes Jewell, Smith, Mitchell, Osborne, and Lincoln counties. Volunteers who are age 18 or over who have an interest in gardening can apply. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener program may be for you.
What is the Cost?
There is an enrollment fee of $95 which covers fees of expert instructors and provides participants with educational materials, including a Master Gardener Handbook.
When do I become a Master Gardener?
The Master Gardener Basic Training classes are held each spring. The 2018 training class will run from February through March. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., one day each week for eight weeks, with breaks and lunch. After completing the training classes, new volunteers must complete 40 volunteer hours before they achieve full Master Gardener status.
Training Class Topics:
- Plant Growth & Development
- Soils, Water & Fertilizer
- Vegetable Gardening
- Fruit Growing
- Annual & Perennial Flowers
- Plant Disease Diagnosis & Management
- Tree & Shrub Care
- Pesticide Use & Safety
- Woody Ornamentals