The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information. Master Gardeners assist with gardening projects in the community, teach classes and workshops, provide information and soil pH testing at events, and answer gardening questions from callers.
In Columbia and Greene Counties, Master Gardener volunteers are an integral component of the counties' outreach program in educating:
Projects and functions carried out by Master Gardeners are based on educational priorities. Some of the ways in which Master Gardeners have been involved include:
To become a Master Gardener, one must successfully complete the training course and volunteer 150 hours within a 2-year period. Anyone who enjoys gardening, has a desire to share skills, and who can volunteer is encouraged to apply.
Last updated December 12, 2023