Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apply Now to Become an Extension Master Gardener!

The 2016 Master Gardener Program Application is now posted on the Memphis Area Master Gardeners website.

Who are Tennessee Master Gardeners?  To quote from our website:

Tennessee Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who help the local Extension Service share gardening information with the community. All volunteers are initially trained through 40 hours of classroom teaching and 40 hours of hands-on experience. Master Gardeners who continue to participate in the program after completing their initial training provide at least forty hours of service annually and continue to learn with a minimum of eight continuing education hours each year.

State-wide, there are approximately 2,438 active Master Gardeners in 57 counties. For the 2014 fiscal year, Tennessee Master Gardeners provided 177,693 volunteer hours which is equivalent to $3.5 million worth of services. Nationally, there are approximately 94,865 active Master Gardener volunteers in the United States and Canada who provided 5.2 million volunteer hours in 2009 which had a value of $101.4 million.

The Master Gardener Program is offered by The University of Tennessee Extension. Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden/landscape programs. This is only possible through the training and utilization of volunteers, known as Master Gardeners. The Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG) provide services to Shelby County under the supervision of the University of Tennessee Shelby County Extension Service.

Beyond this description, I can tell you that you will meet and become friends with the best folks ever.  You'll work hard, give back to the community, learn constantly, and have more fun that you can imagine!

Come join us!

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