We are neighbors teaching neighbors about landscapes, vegetables, fruits, herbs, houseplants, beneficial and harmful insects, plant diseases, integrated pest management (IPM), wildlife management, soils, birds, composting, water conservation, and much, much more!
The Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of volunteers in New York State who are trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension in the science and art of gardening. Every Master Gardener has received 120 hours of research-based instruction from Cornell Cooperative Extension. We continue to be educated on the latest developments in horticulture through on-going training and workshops.
And yet, the Master Gardener Program is more than a horticulture class or a garden club. It is a volunteer program that enables participants to serve their communities through horticultural education. If you would like to help improve your community and enjoy gardening, landscaping, and related activities, consider becoming a Master Gardener volunteer!
Programs and activities of the Master Gardeners are based on educational priorities of individual counties, differing from county to county. Some of these include:
The fee for this program is $250 and requires 100 hours of volunteer commitment which should be completed within the first 2 years. All course materials are included with the above fee. $50 will be refunded upon completion of your volunteer work.
Our next training will be held in the fall of 2023. We will be hosting an open house to review the volunteer requirements and class style. This fall we will be offering a hybrid class of online learning and in person classes geared towards those who work full time.
Please sign up for our emails to be notified of when we are hosting the open house and accepting applications.
Master Gardener Coordinator/ Agriculture Program Assistant
845-340-3990 ext. 335
Last updated April 5, 2023