Who should become a Master Gardener volunteer?
The answer to those wondering if they should become a Master Gardener volunteer is yes if:
they can't stop themselves from telling others about their gardening activities;
they can't grow their fingernails from April to October due to gardening activities;
they can't wait for the new seed catalogs in the winter so they can dream about even more plants;
they spend more time in their garden then talking to their spouse;
they bring zucchini to their friends, neighbors and co-workers until they pretend they're not home;
they remember gardening with their grandma and grandpa, but haven't gardened since; or
they have never gardened in their life, but they feel the soil calling.
The Allegany County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is open to anyone who has an interest in gardening - indoor plants, flower beds, vegetable patches, and berry and/or fruit tree plantings - and is willing to help serve the Cooperative Extension by sharing their gardening knowledge and skills to help others in the community.
Master Gardeners are a vital resource to Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Allegany County's Horticulture Program. Volunteers answer horticultural inquires, present programs, teach classes for both adults and youth and diagnose plant disease and pest problems. Master Gardeners extend the resources of the land-grant university through their volunteer efforts.
Master Gardener volunteer applications are being accepted for the spring training - training is conducted once every four years, so don't miss this opportunity. Trainings will be held Tuesday's from March 26 through May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Belmont Cooperative Extension Office, located at 5435A County Road 48. Participants in the program must attend all classes and will receive a minimum of 50 hours of horticultural information. After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener volunteer is required to serve 50 volunteer hours the first year and 30 hours each year afterwards. Volunteer activities include answering the phone, conducting educational programs, leading a team, writing articles, support positions and many other areas. There is a fee to cover the cost of presenters, site rentals, manuals and materials.
This is an opportunity for enthusiastic gardeners to learn more about growing and caring for plants and to share their knowledge with others, as well as for people who have never gardened before, but want to learn. Master Gardeners are involved in various community-centered activities they help shape and direct. Become a part of a dynamic team and help spread the love of gardening.
Contact Colleen Cavagna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 268-7644 ext. 12 to get an application.