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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.

2023 Training Schedule

1. Attend an Information Session

If you would like to learn more about what the Extension Master Gardener Program is attend an Information Session. Here you can ask questions and learn more about what it means to become an Extension Master Gardener. This part is OPTIONAL but attending one will help give you a good idea if the program is right for you.

Archdale Public Library Information Session  – March 16th, 2023 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Seagrove Public Library Information Session  – April 12th, 2023 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Randleman Public Library Information Session – April 19th, 2023 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

2. Submit your Applications

Download the Fall 2023 EMGV Application, fill it out, and return it to the Randolph County Cooperative Extension Office. Applications are due by May 31, 2023 and can dropped off in person or mailed to the Randolph County Extension office located at 1003 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC 27203. Class is limited to 30 participants. You may also contact our office to have an application mailed to you or stop in and pick one up.

Mailing Information:

1003 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC 27203

Attn: Cody Craddock

3. Attend Orientation

All program fees must be paid before, or at the orientation held on Wednesday August 9, 2023 at 3 p.m. Orientation is required for all participants. During orientation the class structure and outline will be reviewed. The instructor will also set class expectations and goals. If you are unable to attend orientation on this date please contact the instructor.

Fee Schedule: 

State EMGV Fee: $50

Textbook: $55

County Fee: $60 (covers refreshments, training materials, etc.)

Total Fees: $165

4. Complete Core EMG Training

Core training classes will be held in the fall and will focus on skills you will need as a volunteer and how to use your knowledge to teach others. We will be using the Extension Master Gardener Handbook, Second Edition as the required textbook for the course. Download the 2023 EMGV Syllabus and Course Outline.

Core Training Topics

  • Introduction to Extension
  • Soils and Composting
  • Fruit Production
  • Vegetables
  • Lawns and Organic Gardening
  • Botany and Plant ID
  • Research Solutions for Clients
  • Insects
  • Diseases and Weeds
  • Diagnosing Plant Problems and IPM
  • Ornamentals
  • Final Exam

Part of the Core Training includes a required field trip on a Saturday. We will visit the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.

5. 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. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • 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

6. Certify Annually and Continue your Education

The minimum requirements for remaining an EMG in Randolph are completing a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service in Randolph County each year, plus 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Contact Us!

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