Become a Master Gardener
A Master Gardener Volunteer is an individual who provides service to his/her community by assisting people in addressing horticultural problems.
Any resident of Wisconsin 18 years or older is eligible to be a Master Gardener Volunteer. Potential Master Gardener Volunteers should be interested in horticulture, (but a formal degree is not necessary), dependable, unbiased and open-minded, and willing to help people with their horticultural concerns. Participants are expected to provide volunteer service to their community.
Master Gardener training is offered through the Adams County UW Extension office. To participate, you may contact the office. (You do NOT need to reside in Adams County to participate in our program). For more information on our local Master Gardener Program, go to Master Gardener Home Page
MG Training is offered through the UW Adams County Extension Office. The standard program is scheuduled one night a week from 6-9 pm , dates and locations vary. The program is directed by Don Genrich, Adams County UW Agriculture Agent, and others who volunteer to present at the programs.
For the next MG training class, please call the Adams County UW Extension office for dates and times, or check the home page on their website for upcoming events at Adams County UW Extension
To become certified, you must:
Complete the 36 hour general training course,
Sign a volunteer agreement,
Achieve a 70% or better score on the final open-book exam,
Complete at least 24 hours of volunteer service within one year of completing training.
At the completion of all the above requirements, you may recieve an official Master Gardener Volunteer certificate and are eligible to order a name badge.
Recertification is required annually to remain a certified Master Gardener Volunteer in good standing. In order to maintain certification, every Master Gardener Volunteer must complete the minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service AND 10 hours of Continuing Education annually.
Continuing educaton (CE or professional development) is a way for Master Gardener Volunteers to learn more after general training and keep up with the latest horticultural information.
Policies on what counts as CE vary. Check with Don Genrich, UW Agricultural Agent, who determines what is acceptable in our county.
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