Master Gardener Volunteer Program

What is a Master Gardener Volunteer?

The Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand garden-based educational outreach throughout the community by providing home and community gardeners with research-based information and skills. Here in Orange County, Master Gardener Volunteers partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension to assist with gardening projects in the community, teach classes and workshops, work in school and community gardens, provide information at public events, and answer gardening questions through the Garden Helpline. 

Who becomes a Master Gardener Volunteer?

Master Gardener Volunteers are adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. They range from having no professional gardening or landscaping experience, to very experienced gardeners. They all share a genuine interest in making the world more vibrant and livable through gardening. Master Gardener Volunteers are students, teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, working folks, retired people, and anything else you can imagine. All you need is a love for gardening, some time to volunteer, and a willingness to complete the training.

How can I become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

In Orange County New York, a Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is usually conducted every two years. The training is held on a weekday from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm and usually runs from September through March.

The next training will start in September 2019 and run through March 2020. The training will be held on Thursdays from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm.Applications will be sent out to interested individuals in the beginning of March 2019 and will be due back on April 19th, 2019. After applications are reviewed, interviews will be conducted in early May and final selections will be made. All applicants will be contacted by early August and notified of their standing. The training cost will $300.Scholarships are available.

Sign up here to get more information about the Master Gardener Volunteer Program!

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer or want to learn more about the program, please contact:

Susan Ndiaye

Community Horticulture Educator

Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator

(845) 344-1234

Last updated January 11, 2019