What Are Extension Master Gardener Volunteers?
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program began in North Carolina in 1979, and has grown to 88 programs in counties across our state. Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers are trained to help connect North Carolinians with the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed at North Carolina A&T University and NC State University. Durham County Extension has nearly 100 volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program. They help Durham residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain Durham’s community garden at Briggs Avenue.
Once interns have completed their initial training, Extension Master Gardeners volunteer 40 hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts.
How To Apply
The Durham County Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer program conducts a 15-week training program once every two years. The next program will be conducted August – December 2021. Classes are held once a week, on Thursdays, from 9:00-12:30 at the Durham County Extension Office, 721 Foster Street, or online as necessary. In order to apply to the program you must:
1. Attend one information session (dates listed below).
2. Submit your application and soil sample by May 17, 2021.
3. If you are selected, pay the $120 registration fee by July 14, 2021.
The fee covers training materials.
To begin the process, attend one required information session conducted at the Durham County Extension office at 721 Foster Street. Please note, meeting method may be changed according to restrictions at the time.
- Tuesday, April 20, 2-3 p.m.
- Thursday, April 22, 10-11 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 28, 6-7 p.m.
- Friday, April 30, 3-4 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 4, 10-11 a.m.
- Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m.
To register for an upcoming session, call 919-560-0528 or email Pana Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!