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Grow with us! Become a U of M Extension Master Gardener

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Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are from all walks of life and volunteer on behalf of their university. They are eager to share best practices in gardening with people in their community that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives. They have completed a university-taught core course and contributed a certain number of hours to teaching research-based horticulture practices in their communities.

Important dates and deadlines

January 1 - December 31: Extension Master Gardener program year

October 1: Deadline for application to local/county program

Tuesday before Thanksgiving: Deadline for submission of background check data

December 1: Deadline for EMG Core Course registration

Steps to becoming an Extension Master Gardener

1. Be selected by your local county program for a Master Gardener internship

2. Complete the Extension Master Gardener core course

3. Share your knowledge: volunteer 50 hours

4. Celebrate!

When your internship is completed, you'll start the next calendar year as an active University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in your community.

5. Stay involved

To maintain your active Extension Master Gardener volunteer status, you will complete at least 25 hours of volunteer time and the required continuing education hours per year. Continuing education hours vary from 5 – 12 hours depending on county.

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Questions? Contact your local Extension office 

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