Who Can Be an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer?
YOU CAN! We’re looking for volunteers with a variety of gardening experiences, good communication skills and who like to share knowledge with others.
Why should you be a Master Gardener? Do you have a love of gardening? Do you know more about Swiss Chard than is appropriate for the average individual to know? Or do you enjoy teaching others about a subject that is important to you?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Carver Scott Master Gardener Program may be for you! Master Gardeners take their knowledge and love of horticulture into the Carver and Scott county community and share it with others. Volunteers learn while they are volunteering; they also learn by attending required continuing education classes offered during regular monthly program meetings and University of Minnesota Extension educators. The Master Gardener Program is the perfect way to volunteer your time and talents AND learn more at the same time.
How Do I Become a Master Gardener?
Interested people begin by completing the application form to become master gardener. Applicants are interviewed by a panel of experienced Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardeners. Qualified applicants are accepted into the program then attend a 48-hour Core Course taught by educators from the University of Minnesota. Location for the Master Gardening Core Course is the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen or can be completed online.
In exchange for receiving the training, Master Gardener interns return 50 hours of volunteer time to the Program the first year. To remain certified in subsequent years, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of 25 hours and must have at least 5 hours of related continuing education.
The application process for 2016 is currently closed, but if you are interested, watch for the application information for 2017. That material becomes available in August of 2016. Or complete the form below and the information will be emailed to you as soon as it is available.