What is the Cornell University Master Gardener Volunteer Program?Master Gardeners are a group of volunteers trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension to perform community outreach in horticulture and gardening. The mission of Cornell University's Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to extend research-based horticultural information to the communities of Westchester County. Volunteers attend an intensive 75 hour training course over a 10 week period followed by a 100 hour volunteer commitment over the next two years. Most Westchester County Master Gardener volunteers remain active for many years. The Master Gardener Training is not a credential or formal certificate program.
How do Master Gardeners volunteer their time?Master Gardeners conduct public outreach through:
What subjects does the training program cover?
How do I apply for acceptance into the Master Gardener Volunteer Program?
You must be a resident of Westchester County to apply for the CCE Westchester Master Gardener Volunteer Program. You must complete an application and furnish two personal references with your application and agree to a background check. Personal interviews will be conducted from a pool of qualified applicants.
If you are a service-minded, life-long learner and enthusiastic about sharing research-based knowledge to help educate fellow gardeners and members of Westchester communities, please see our brochure here or information on this intensive and comprehensive training. We accept new applications submitted on an ongoing basis, but may reserve review and decision for a future training session. Early applicants receive priority consideration.
How often is training offered?
The Master Gardener training is held in collaboration with other Hudson Valley Extension Offices and is held on an as needed basis.
Is there a fee?
Yes. The fee is determined at the time of the training. The bulk of the cost of instruction and support are subsidized by Cooperative Extension.
Last updated January 8, 2020