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Looking to find an Extension Master Gardener program in your state? Nearly all Master Gardener programs in the United States administer training through a state land-grant university and its Cooperative Extension Service, and are considered Extension Master Gardener programs. Extension Master Gardeners receive and recommend university and research-based information through the Cooperative Extension System.

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What We Do

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About us

The Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program was started in 1972 in King and Pierce counties in Washington state by local horticultural Extension agent David Gibby, Ph.D. This unique volunteer program has become internationally recognized and often duplicated as a model for other volunteer programs. Today, Extension Master Gardener programs exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 

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86,076 Volunteers

Extension Master Gardener is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country with more than 86,076 volunteers in 49 states. EMG serves as a model for many other volunteer organizations.

5.6 Million Volunteer Hours

On average, active certified EMG volunteers donate 60 hours per year. In 2018, EMG volunteers donated over 5.6 million hours to their local Master Gardener programs.

8.6 Million Contacts

Extension Master Gardener volunteers make face-to-face contact with over 8.6 million people across the United States. Clientele is served through helplines, workshops, plant clinics and more.

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International Master Gardener Conference

June 17, 2019
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

International Master Gardener (IMG) conferences are held every two years and provide an opportunity for EMGs and Extension specialists to come together and learn…

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National EMG Coordinators’ Conference

Sept. 14-17, 2020
Knoxville, Tennessee

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This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.