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Training Program for Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener volunteers in the garden

Helping Gardeners Put Knowledge to Work

Applications are NOW AVAILABLE!

Do you love to garden and help others garden too? The Extension Master Gardener program in Buncombe County is now accepting applications for initial training coming fall 2021. We are looking for individuals who want to serve their community, expand and share their gardening knowledge and work in a team environment.

To become a certified Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer, individuals accepted into the program are required to complete the 40-hour initial training program, pass an examination, and complete an internship of 40-hour of volunteer service. Additional continuing education (15 hours) and volunteer service to the community (30 hours) are required for annual recertification.

Need help deciding if you should apply to become an NC Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Buncombe County? Here is a short list of questions to ask yourself.


Training will be held during the day on Tuesdays,  August 31–November 30, 2021, and will be a combination of online and in-person sessions. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions the schedule and other details are still in development. The application deadline is June 1st, 2021 and a training fee of $150 is due upon acceptance into the training program.


2021 Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Application & Certification Agreement
Frequently Asked Questions

Written By

Alison Arnold, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlison ArnoldExtension Agent, Agriculture - Home Horticulture, Extension Master Gardeners Call Alison E-mail Alison N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center
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