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Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Cornell Cooperative Extensions: Delaware, Herkimer, Schoharie and Otsego Counties

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer? Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations in Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, and Schoharie and Otsego Counties seek residents who have a genuine interest in horticulture and wish to serve as outreach ambassadors in their home counties, sharing information with community members and engaging in community projects.

Master Gardeners are trained in the art and science of horticulture, chiefly around the themes of ornamental landscapes and food gardening. The Master Gardener Programs are local, state, and national programs directed by state land-grant institutions—Cornell University for New Yorkers—to enhance the ability of County Cooperative Extension organizations to share knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with residents through trained volunteers.

2022 Training Information

Training will be offered via Zoom on consecutive Mondays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, in-person learning experiences may be offered (but will not be mandatory). Classes begin on Monday, September 19 2022, and run through March 13, 2023, except for holidays - twenty sessions altogether. The cost of the program training is $150. Individuals are invited to apply by Friday, August 19, but some space may be available for late applicants. Apply now to ensure your enrollment in this very popular program.

The CCE Master Gardener instructors provide hands-on training for volunteers through a comprehensive series of garden-based topics. In return for this training, volunteers work with CCE educators to provide outreach education and programs to respective county constituents. Many volunteers address home-gardening questions while others participate in community gardening projects, educational workshops, and annual plant sales.

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Volunteer Application Form

Last updated September 13, 2022