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Become a Master Gardener Volunteer
McDowell County Master Gardener logo
Connecting people to horticulture, increasing knowledge, and changing behaviors through science-based education and outreach.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener℠ volunteer? Want to give back to your community and help other gardeners succeed? Master Gardener℠ volunteers are an essential component of NC State Extension and assist local county horticulture agents in various aspects of home horticulture…from answering gardening questions to becoming involved with teaching in school and community gardens. Volunteers are involved with a wide variety of activities through McDowell County and receive initial training and on-going training.
Core Values of the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of McDowell County
We Welcome ALL.
  • We value diversity in our volunteers, gardens, and communities.
  • We respect each individual’s experiences, needs, and learning style.
  • We nurture a culture of mutual respect, professionalism, and appreciation.

We Work Together.

  • We strengthen our impact by collaborating with community partners.
  • We seek perspective from all parts of our community.
  • We transfer knowledge from the land-grant university system to our communities.

We Make a Difference.

  • We connect people with the benefits of gardening through science-based information.
  • We recommend practical solutions that protect and enhance our environment.
  • We are lifelong learners who serve, grow, and have fun.

We strive to be the trusted source of science-based information that empowers North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener℠ volunteer, an initial training is required with volunteer hours. Initial training will begin on October 19, 2023 from 9 to 11 a.m.  Training will take place most Thursdays from October 19 to January 4.  There is a fee of $125 to cover costs of curriculum and materials. Fill out an application. Applications are due October 9.

In McDowell County, we have an active Extension Master Gardener organization. They support youth programs with Agriculture Awareness Field Day, school garden clubs, and an annual scholarship. They have beautification projects with the Joseph McDowell Catawba River Greenway Amphitheatre and Rutherford Road Adopt-A-Spot. They support community garden and other public garden efforts.

Call 828-652-8104 or email Molly Sandfoss to learn more about the Extension Master Gardener program in McDowell County.

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Molly Sandfoss, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMolly SandfossCounty Extension Director-Local Food, Consumer Horticulture, & Digital Skills Call Molly Email Molly N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center
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