To become a Master Gardener, a person must complete the basic training and complete forty volunteer hours. The core training lasts about three months. Each class focuses on a different aspect of gardening – plant science, soil, flower gardening, woody ornamental, lawn care, vegetables, small fruit culture, fruit trees, plant health, indoor plants and household pests. To maintain Master Gardener certification, the Master Gardeners must volunteer for fifteen hours each year and take five hours of classes. Volunteering can be done in many ways such as working on a community gardening project, answering questions on the hot line, working with children in schools, or volunteering at the Farmers Market. It is a wonderful way to meet people who share the gardening passion.
2018 calendar year, you should plan on completing and reporting in the VMS at least 10 education and 20 volunteer hours by December 31, 2018.
Logging Volunteer Hours
If you need help with logging your volunteer hours, Ruth and Michelle are our ambassadors.
Overview of Master Gardener Fees/Dues
President: Vicki Laurin
Do you meet the following criteria?
1.) Minimum of 500 hours of volunteer service
2.) 10 continuous years of volunteer service
3.) Exemplary service to the MSU Extension MGP
4.) Have limited ability to remain active
If so, you may qualify for Emeritus Status.