Master Gardener Volunteer training coming soon!

Master Gardening training coming this fall!

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Master Gardener Volunteers are pictured at the garden of Anneke Larrance in Canton, NY
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Master Gardener Volunteers visiting the gardens of Anneke Larrance

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Master Gardener Volunteers

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension offices to extend gardening information to the local community.

We are offering a Master Gardener Volunteer training in Fall 2022!

Cornell Cooperative Extension is currently seeking new trainees for our Master Gardener Volunteer Program in St. Lawrence County. Volunteers receive extensive training, which involves a considerable time commitment. The rewards for volunteers are many and include giving back to your community by teaching others, and learning a lot about gardening and horticulture in the process. The training is 10-weeks, with a practical hands-on style of presentation from numerous instructors. The overall emphasis is on environmentally-friendly methods of plant care and Integrated Pest Management to protect soil, plants and the environment. Class size is limited to 12. The training will begin in mid-September of 2022 and will last until mid-November.

  1. Find the Recruitment Brochure here.
  2. Find the Position Description here.
  3. Find the Application here.

This application is due by July 16th. All applicants will be contacted and some will move on to have an "interview" at CCE. Each applicant will be notified if they were accepted into the program by August 8th, 2022.

What do Master Gardeners do in New York State?

Cornell Cooperative Extension prepares MGVs to be peer educators who utilize local experience and research-based knowledge to empower community members to manage gardens, lawns, and landscapes with an emphasis on food security and environmental stewardship.

Over 1,500 MGVs in New York State contribute educational services to meet the outreach mission of Cornell, influencing many thousands of consumers on horticultural issues.

Projects and functions carried out by MGVs are based on the educational priorities of individual counties.  Some of the ways in which MGVs have been involved in St. Lawrence County are:

  • Answering horticultural inquiries by phone and email
  • Writing articles about gardening
  • Restoring Historic Gardens
  • Teaching classes to community members of all ages
  • Setting up demonstration projects in public places
  • Tabling at local events, including farmers' markets
  • Beautifying community landscapes

Who becomes a Master Gardener?

Master Gardeners enjoy people and plants. They usually have no professional gardening or landscaping experience, but should have a basic knowledge of, or interest in, gardening; enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing horticultural knowledge and skills; good communications skills; and a willingness and free time to participate in volunteer educational activities.

How does one become an MGV?

Master Gardener training is held every two to three years. Trainees receive training on a broad spectrum of subjects applicable to home gardening, such as plant nutrition, soils, vegetable and fruit culture, trees, shrubs and lawns, diseases and insects that affect plants, pruning, and much more. The training is designed to give a basic understanding of horticulture topics as well as knowledge of where to find reliable horticultural information. Advanced instruction is offered, and special seminars and refresher workshops are held so that Master Gardeners can stay current on gardening topics and keep their knowledge up-to-date.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer in St. Lawrence County? Contact us!


Erica LaFountain
Community Horticulture Educator
315-379-9192 ext 240

Last updated June 28, 2022