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Do you love gardening? Love helping others with their gardening problems? Maybe you should consider becoming a master gardener, a certification offered by the cooperative extension services.


Do you love gardening? Love helping others with their gardening problems? Maybe you should consider becoming a master gardener, a certification offered by the cooperative extension services.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist with gardening education in their respective regions. The Master Gardener program is offered across the U.S. and Canada through the assistance of the cooperative extensions. Avid gardeners can take intensive horticulture classes that are tailored to the region where they live. After completion of classes, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer for the university extensions in different ways, including community education, lectures, demonstrations, manning phones, research and other areas.

The program specifics vary by cooperative extension, but the classroom education usually spans over several months for a total of 16 to 20 hours. Depending on the region, classes are generally offered in the winter. After completion of the course, volunteer hour requirement are about 60 hours annually. If you really love gardening and have some free time to help out fellow gardeners and the community, the Master Gardening program could be a perfect opportunity for you. Contact your local cooperative extension office for details on how to apply.
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