Do you enjoy gardening and talking with others about it? Do you have a passion for making a difference in your community? Well then, consider becoming part of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers! The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is an outreach group of the N.C. Cooperative Extension and NC State University. These volunteers serve their community by sharing research-based information on horticulture related issues and community beautification projects.
To become a certified Extension Master Gardener, volunteers receive horticulture and plant science training from their local Cooperative Extension Center through a 13-week course given by a variety of local speakers and extension personnel. New volunteers are also required to participate in a wide variety of other activities and events throughout the year shadowing veteran volunteers. Some of these events include: hosting a community Flower and Garden Show each spring, an annual Fall Plant Sale, maintaining a local landscape demonstration garden, propagating and managing a greenhouse full of different plant varieties, presenting educational programs, and partnering with local 4-H horticulture clubs and elementary schools. There is a way for everyone to volunteer in an area they enjoy!
Dare County Master Gardener
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Dare County Master Gardener program. Apply today! Space is limited to 25 students and a minimum of 15 students are required for the class to take place. Deadline for applications is Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Is there a fee? The cost for the program is $125 per person, which is due once the candidate has been accepted into the program.
When is the training? Training begins on February 6th and will take place each Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. through May 15th. There are 13 class sessions and all are required. Classes include lectures, hands-on activities, field trips and guest speakers.
How do I apply to the Dare County Master Gardener Program? The two-part process consists of an application with a background check, and an interview. Your willingness to participate in the program fully is of primary importance when you are being considered for the program. Interviews for 2018 Master Gardener candidates must be done in person and will be conducted beginning in December 2017. Applications may be mailed or brought to the NC Cooperative Extension office at 517 Budleigh Street, P.O.Box 968, Manteo, NC 27954. You may email your application to Shannon Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline for applications is Sunday, December 31, 2017. Click here to get your application 2018 MG Application for the Dare County Master Gardener Program.
The Currituck County Extension Master Gardeners are currently accepting applications for interested individuals. Course classes begin on February 13, 2018 and will meet at the Currituck County Extension Office every Tuesday from 9 am to noon ending around May 8, 2018. The fee for the class is $100 which includes the course book, a name tag, a soil sample test, and other course supplies. Applications are available for download here or for pick-up at the Currituck County Extension Office. Completed applications must be returned no later than January 26, 2018. Those with a strong interest in both gardening and their community are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people and willing to share their knowledge with both new and experienced gardeners. If you have questions or would like more information concerning the Currituck Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, please contact Sarah Watts at 252-232-2262, by email at email@example.com, or by visiting the Currituck County Extension Office.