Join the NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Wilkes County

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Interested in joining the NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer program in Wilkes County? Join us on November 8th, at 10:00 a.m. or December 13th at 10:00 at the Wilkes County Agricultural Center, Conference Room C, located at 416 Executive Dr. Wilkesboro, NC 28697, to learn more about our program and an overview of the initial Extension Master Gardener training that will be offered in January.

What is the Extension Master Gardener Program?

The Extension Master Gardener℠ (EMG) volunteer program is a statewide program operating in 83 of Extensions 101 centers. EMG volunteers provide science-based horticultural knowledge that helps North Carolinians cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities. The program includes more than 3,800 volunteers statewide.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer LogoThe program is designed to build your knowledge in the areas of landscapes, soils, lawns, fruits, and vegetables and provide opportunities to share your knowledge with others. No previous formal training is necessary – just a real desire to learn and share!

The Extension Master Gardener program is offered through N.C. Cooperative Extension,  Wilkes County Center. The program operates under the guidance of the Wilkes County Horticulture agent.

What makes Extension Master Gardener volunteers special is their training in horticulture and their willingness to share that knowledge with others.

Initial Training Overview

If selected for the program, the training will start on Wednesday, January 10th at 10 a.m. and will meet every Wednesday Morning until April 17th. The cost for the initial training will be $125 which covers local and state EMG fees, a copy of the North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook, and class supplies. The training will include 40 hours of coursework and a final exam. After passing the exam, students will enter the internship phase of the program. After completing 40 hours of volunteer service hours as part of the internship, you will become a certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. After becoming an EMG volunteer, you will be required to attend 10 hours of continuing education each year and provide 20 hours of volunteer service to maintain certification. If you have any questions, email Matthew Clay at or call 336-651-7333.

2024 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application