FAQs: Becoming a VCE-MG

What is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener (VCE-MG)?

A VCE-MG is an individual who acts on behalf of VCE as a volunteer educator within his or her community after receiving specialized training in environmental horticulture through cooperative programming with VCE. Master Gardeners are trained and volunteer in their local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

Am I Master Gardener Material?

Are you looking for a way to improve your community through volunteer service? Do you enjoy teaching and talking to the public? Do you have an interest in horticulture? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, Master Gardener volunteer opportunities may be right for you.

What is required to become a VCE-MG?

To become a VCE Master Gardener, individuals must attend at least 50 hours of classroom instruction and then contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service conducting VCE horticulture-based, education programs. These initial 100 hours must be completed in one year. At the end of the year, they have earned the title of VCE Master Gardener volunteer.

VCE-MGs who desire to remain active after completing their initial training and volunteer commitments are required to contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer service each year. Additionally, in order keep knowledge up-to-date, VCE-MGs must participate in at least 8 hours of continuing education training annually.

OK, I’m interested! Now what do I do?

If you are interested in becoming a VCE-MG, please contact your local Extension office for information on future training classes and availability.