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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?EMG Volunteer

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 $45 which covers fees of expert instructors and provides participants with educational materials, including an Online Master Gardener Handbook. Grant funds may be available.

When are the Classes?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) will offer an online Extension Master Gardener (EMG) basic training this Fall 2020, beginning September 3, 2020, and ending on December 17, 2020. The trainings will be held via Zoom on Thursdays from 1-4pm. The lessons will also be recorded. 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
  • Turfgrass
  • Annual & Perennial Flowers
  • Plant Disease Diagnosis & Management
  • Tree & Shrub Care
  • Pesticide Use & Safety
  • Woody Ornamentals