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Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Caldwell County

Quotes of Appreciation

It's hard to imagine a more enthusiastic group that not only has a strong desire to learn, but also a strong desire to share what they have learned with others.
-- Tony Avent, Owner Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh

Extension Master Gardener volunteers play a critical role in county government and have made a huge difference in how people view open space and protecting the environment.
-- Betty Lou Ward Wake County Commissioner and Past President, National Association of Counties

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are well trained and respected educators promoting safer and more sustainable gardening practices.
-- Pam Beck Garden Writer and Author

North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers provide unbiased, research based information and programs regarding environmental stewardship of gardens lawns and landscapes.

The North Carolina Extension Master Gardener program began in New Hanover County in 1979. The train-the-trainer program cultivates volunteers through hands-on experience in horticulture, leadership, public speaking, community development, and teaching.

Under the guidance of County Extension Horticulture agents, Extension Master Gardener volunteers complete a rigorous training program, pass an examination and complete an internship. Once certified they continue to contribute volunteer services each year as well as continuing education through the local Cooperative Extension center.

By answering questions, teaching classes, constructing demonstration gardens, guiding tours, talking with community groups and other educational activities, Extension Master Gardener volunteers teach people to garden successfully while making environmentally responsible decisions in their landscape conserving water, protecting water quality and reducing green waste.

Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Communities

Each Year, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers: Log over 200,000 volunteer hours, at a value of $4.2 million, and the equivalent of 100 full time employees

Each Year, North Carolina Master Gardener Volunteers: Provide more than 1,500 educational exhibits reaching a half-million people.

Each Year, North Carolina Master Gardener Volunteers: Deliver nearly 2,000 programs to groups across the state including 500 school programs.

Each Year, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers: Make more 1.3 million educational contacts.

In North Carolina, there are more than 4,000 Extension Master Gardener volunteers.