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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers – Alamance County

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Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by NC State faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

The 2024 Master Gardener Training for Alamance County will be a 12 week course running from August 14 to November 13. Classes will be weekly(with a few exceptions) on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These classes are offered in-person only at our office at 209 N. Graham-Hopedale Rd Burlington, NC 27217. For more details and how to apply, please read below.

Steps to Becoming an Extension Master Gardener™ Volunteer

1. Information Sessions: 

These are held at the Extension Office and via Zoom in the months leading to class start. You must attend one information session to be able to apply for the Master Gardener class. The sessions are all the same, just at different times so there is no need to attend multiple.

Session Date and Registration Location Time
Friday, June 7, 2024 Alamance County Extension Office 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Alamance County Extension Office 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Virtual, Zoom 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

More information sessions will be added later this year.

Enter your email address on the 2024 Master Gardener Interest Form to be notified when the application window opens, dates and times of information sessions, and more! 

2024 Class Interest Notification Form

2. Submit your application

Download a copy or stop by the Extension Office to pick up a copy of the 2024 Extension Master Gardener Application (click to download). Once you’ve filled out and submitted your application you will hear back from the review committee within 2 weeks of the submission cutoff date of July 31, 2024. Upon acceptance to the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program you have 2 weeks to pay all relevant program fees to secure your spot. Application fees are non-refundable.

3. Pay Program Fees

Upon hearing back from the review committee that your application was accepted you will have 2 weeks to pay the relevant program fees. 

The fee schedule is posted below for your viewing.

 Fee Schedule: 

State EMGV Fee: $50 

County Fee: $30 (covers refreshments, training materials, etc.)

Total fees: $70

4. Complete Core EMG Training

Classes will be held in the in person and will focus on skills you will need as a volunteer and how to use your knowledge to teach others. We will be using the Extension Master Gardener Handbook, Second Edition as the required textbook for the course. The textbook can be accessed for free online or a hardback copy can be purchased for an additional $55(ask how to order).

5. Volunteer!

Volunteers will complete a 40-hour internship within one year of completing their training. The variety of volunteer opportunities available in horticulture education is endless! Master Gardeners will work with their local Extension Agent to determine which opportunities will make the most of their time, interests, and talents to meet the needs of Cooperative Extension’s Educational Programs. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Diagnosing plant, insect, and disease problems 
  • Staffing plant clinics and educational exhibits 
  • Creating and maintaining demonstration gardens 
  • Giving lectures on gardening 
  • Visiting local schools to develop gardens and teach gardening skills to youth

6. Certify Annually and Continue your Education 

The minimum requirements for remaining an EMG in Alamance are completing a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service in Alamance County each year, plus 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Contact Us! 

To place your name on a list of those interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener please contact Rhiannon Goodwin via email or phone at 336.570.6740.