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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by NC State faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

How to Become a Randolph County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

2021 Training Schedule

1. Attend an Information Session

The first step in becoming an Extension Master Gardener in Randolph County is attending an information session. During this session, you will learn what it means to be an EMG, and the training and volunteer requirements for the program. This will help you decide if becoming an EMG is the right choice for you.

Sessions are currently scheduled for:

January 14, 2021 | 9–11 a.m.

January 20, 2021 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

January 28, 2021 | 9–11 a.m.

More sessions may be added based on interest. Sign up and learn more about these sessions.

2. Attend 4 Backyard Gardener Classes this Winter

In addition to being part of the Extension Master Gardener training, Extension Gardener classes are open to the public. Anyone can attend these classes on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday evenings.

Details and registration for the following classes will be posted here soon:

Randolph Backyard Gardener Course Schedule
Week Tues 1-3 p.m. Wed            6:30-8:30 p.m. Topic
1 16-Feb 17-Feb Lawns in Central NC
2 23-Feb 24-Feb Growing Fruits & Berries
3 2-Mar 3-Mar Growing Vegetables
4 9-Mar 9-Mar Growing Culinary Herbs
5 16-Mar 17-Mar Gardening for Pollinators
6 23-Mar 24-Mar Landscaping with Natives

3. Get Involved in Summer Activities and Projects

Summer activities are a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and increase your knowledge and skills. We will update you on summer activities when COVID precautions for that time period are more predictable.

4. Submit your Applications by Monday, August 2, 2021

Applications for the Extension Master Gardener Program of Randolph County will be available later and will be due by Monday, August 2, 2021.

5. Attend Orientation

An orientation session for participants accepted into the program will be scheduled for September 2021. The date will be based on participant availability, with every effort made to find a date that everyone can attend. The $50 training fee will be due when you attend orientation. This will cover the core training and administrative expenses.

6. Complete Core EMG Training

Core training classes focus on skills you will need as a volunteer. Core training classes will be held in the fall of 2021.

Core Training – Dates TBD

  • Extension resources and finding research-based information
  • Botany and plant ID
  • EMG Meeting (date TBD)
  • Soils and fertilizers
  • Plant diseases
  •  Insect pests
  • EMG Meeting (date TBD)
  • Integrated pest management
  • Weeds and weed management
  • Final review and exam – ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
  • EMG Meeting, graduation ceremony

One or two field trips may be scheduled based on participants’ availability and COVID precautions. Field trip locations may include the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, and a visit the NC Department of Agriculture’s Agronomic Services Lab and NC State’s JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh

7. Volunteer!

Volunteers will complete a 40-hour internship within one year of completing their training. Trainees are encouraged to begin volunteering during the training course by assisting with a class project.

The variety of volunteer opportunities available in horticulture education is endless! Master Gardeners will work with their local Extension Agent to determine which opportunities will make the most of their time, interests, and talents to meet the needs of Cooperative Extension’s Educational Programs.

  • Diagnosing plant, insect, and disease problems
  • Staffing plant clinics and educational exhibits
  • Creating and maintaining demonstration gardens
  • Giving lectures on gardening
  • Visiting local schools to develop gardens and teach gardening skills to youth

Contact Us

To place your name on a list of those interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener please contact Annie Mills via email or phone at 336.318.6003.

Written By

Annie Mills, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAnnie MillsExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Annie E-mail Annie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Randolph County Center
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