If you enjoy gardening, consider becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer!

Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Our next Master Gardener Volunteer Training is scheduled to begin in January of 2024.

What is a Master Gardener Volunteer?

The Master Gardener Volunteer 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, 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.  Our current training began in January 2022 and our next training is scheduled for 2024.  Applications will be sent out in September 2023 and be due back in mid-October.

 Our current training model includes online work in conjunction with in-person classes.The online work can be done on your own time and includes watching lectures, contributing to online forums, performing knowledge checks, writing reflections, etc.  In-person classes are held once a month, usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  They will start at 9:00 am and finish by 4:00 pm.

If you are interested in learning more about a future program, please click on the link below.  The application process includes a review of your application, interviews, reference and background checks.  Accepted applicants are contacted in early December and notified of their standing. The current training cost is $300 per applicant.  Scholarships are available, based on need.

Sign up here to get more information about the Master Gardener Volunteer Program or to request and application for the 2024 Master Gardener Volunteer Training!

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
845-344-1234 Ext.250

Last updated January 6, 2022