Master Gardeners planting a native plants demonstration garden

Master Gardeners plant and maintain demonstration gardens at CCE Tompkins

Master Gardener volunteer conducts a pH soil test on a soil sample
Image by Sandy Repp

Master Gardener volunteers help extend gardening knowledge into the community.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training

***Applications for the 2023 Training are now closed, please check back in Spring of 2024 for the next offering.***

The Master Gardener Volunteer Training is a 20 week course that starts at the beginning of September and ends in March, with a break from mid-November to January. It is a hybrid course, most weeks are virtual with one in-person meeting a month. Virtual sessions are one hour on Saturday mornings, in-person sessions are longer events also on Saturdays. Tompkins County often participates in the Southern Tier Regional Training. In-person days are spread throughout the Southern Tier counties participating. Travel accommodations can be granted. 

The training costs $75 with an additional $50 deposit that is returned after completing the require 20 hours of volunteer service. Full and partial scholarships are availale.

Trained MGVs volunteer to teach classes and workshops, maintain our Demonstration Gardens, provide information and soil pH testing at events, answer questions for the Growline, our garden hotline, and/or work with partners on community gardening projects.

To remain an active MGV, one must volunteer 20 hours per year.


Marissa Nolan
Horticulture Team Lead
607-272-2292 x194

Last updated July 17, 2023