Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer 2023 Class

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Interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer for Lenoir County? Read below to find out how to get the application!

Applications are due Jan. 20, 2023 for our class that begins in February! 

Become a Lenoir County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Become a Lenoir County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Who are Extension Master℠ Gardener Volunteers (EMGV)?
An EMGV works under the direction of N.C. Cooperative Extension. As a volunteer you are trained to assist the local extension office by providing information that is research- based pertaining to maintaining gardens, lawns, landscapes, and houseplants in ways that protect health and natural resources.

Master Gardeners are those who:

Work closely with the horticultural agent in Lenoir County.
Expand your horticultural knowledge to share with others’ Meet & network with other gardeners
Volunteer your time and give back to the community

Opportunities Lenoir EMGVs have?

  • Attend monthly meetings (2nd Tuesday at 2 p.m. each
    month) Organize and hold plant sales
  • Work in the native and community garden.
  • Educating about horticulture at the Lenoir County Fair
  • Serve the community

The application process:

  • Selection is application-based on:
    • Commitment to volunteering in sharing horticultural
    • Ability to volunteer on weekdays
    • A working email address & basic internet skills
  •  Pass a background check
  • NO prior horticultural knowledge is required

Steps to become a LC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

While applying. requirements to keep in mind:

  • $140 non-refundable class fee (includes your handbook and state dues)
  • The course meets weekly on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon
    Feb.-March (roughly 20 classes)
  • Students must not miss more than 2 classes
  • All handouts are available in google drive for the participant

After the training course:

  • Interns complete 40 volunteer hours by the end of the year
  • After the internship 20 volunteer hours and 10 educational hours are required yearly to remain active

For an application and more information contact our Horticultural Agent Paige Petticrew at paige_petticrew@ncsu.edu