Working with their local N.C. Cooperative Extension county center, Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (MGVs) provide unbiased, research-based information that empowers residents to cultivate healthy gardens, landscapes, and ecosystems through safe, effective and sustainable gardening practices. Since 1979, Extension has recruited, trained and engaged local residents to serve as MGVs who expand Extension’s capacity to meet the needs of the gardening public. We have about 35 active MGVs.
Under the guidance and direction of Extension agents, individuals complete a 40-hour training program, pass an examination, and complete at least a 40-hour internship to become certified Master Gardener volunteers. To remain active in the program, volunteers must complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education each year. There are many opportunities for volunteering. These include: maintaining individual gardens, pruning shrubs, readying beds for planting, pulling up plants for sale at the annual plant sales, potting plants, answering questions from the gardening Info Line, photographing flowers and other plants, writing for the website, etc.
Join the EMGVs of Pitt County!
Learn more about what it takes to become a Master Gardener℠ here.
For more information, contact Matt Stevens, Pitt County Extension Agent and director of the Arboretum. Phone (252) 902-1702 Fax (252) 757-1456 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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