2022 Montgomery County Extension Master Gardener℠ Training

— Written By Kaitlyn Lamaster
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NC State Extension, Master Gardener, Montgomery County

Statewide, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers work with NC State Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, science-based information on all things gardening and natural resource related.

Under the guidance of N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents, volunteers will complete a 40-hour education course requirement as well as a 40 hour internship in the county they have applied to. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year following.

To become a Certified Montgomery County Master Gardener℠ volunteer you will need to complete a handful or steps:

  1. Submit an application and the program fees to the Montgomery County Master Gardener℠ Coordinator. 
    1. For 2022, the application is asked to be returned by close of business on Thursday, July 23rd. If this is an issue please contact Kaitlyn Lamaster at kmlamast@ncsu.edu or call 910-576-6011
    2. The fees ($125) include the state and local fees, a name tag upon completion, and the Extension Gardener Handbook
  2. Complete the 40 hour initial education requirement. 
    1. For 2022, the 2022 class schedule will be followed unless otherwise noted. Classes will be held in a hybrid-fashion on Thursday evenings at the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Office (203 W. Main St, Troy, NC 27371).
    2. Topics include (but are not limited to): soil and nutrient management, native plants, organic gardening, diagnostics, botany, insects, design, and more
  3. Complete the 40 hour volunteer internship 
    1. Hours can be completed in a variety of ways including work in demonstration gardens, assisting with educational programs, fundraising events, and more.
  4. Annual recertification 
    1. All Master Gardener℠ volunteers will need to re-certify and sign off on the NC State University Code of Conducts forms.

A PDF presentation can also be reviewed for requirements and a preview of the Montgomery County program.

If you are interested in becoming a Montgomery County Master Gardener℠ volunteer please contact Kaitlyn Lamaster at kmlamast@ncsu.edu or call 910-576-6011.