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Our 2022 class gets a tour of Priest Family Farm.

Our 2022 class gets a tour of Priest Family Farm.


NC State faculty and staff train MGVs to be highly effective community educators providing unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound information about growing lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamentals. They focus specifically on issues of importance in their local communities related to residential gardening and landscaping, including environmental stewardship, water conservation, water quality preservation, energy conservation, green waste reduction, home food production, wildlife management, sustainable communities, and health and wellness for children and adults.

MGVs expand Extension’s capacity to meet the needs of the gardening public. Our volunteers are motivated by the opportunity to participate in a quality horticultural course, receive answers to their own gardening questions, interact with people who have common interests, help others expand their gardening knowledge, and make a difference in their community. Major tenets of the program include the following:

1. Diverse Audiences.

Our programs and staff reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. The land-grant university system was built to provide access to higher education and serve the needs of the common person. MGVs continue the land-grant university tradition by ensuring that the programs and people delivering them are available and applicable to all residents.

2. Critical Issues.

Projects must be relevant to the larger issues facing society—protecting environmental quality, ending hunger, building strong and safe neighborhoods, and growing healthy children.

3. Public Awareness. Extension and Master Gardener volunteers must let the residents, decision-makers, businesses, and communities of North Carolina know about the value of the work they do by illustrating its relevance to public goals.

Learn more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program!

What do you learn during the Master Gardener Volunteer class?

The class is based on the Extension Gardener Handbook and covers everything from soils to wildlife, from apples to zucchini.

The learning doesn’t stop once the class is complete. Master Gardener Volunteers have the opportunity to learn from our local farmers and subject matter specialists and attend educational field trips!

Volunteer Opportunities in Moore

  • Answer home gardener questions on the Master Gardener Helpline
  • Organize and help facilitate the Sandhills Farm Tour
  • Write articles for local publications about gardening
  • Lead workshops for home gardeners on topics of interest, such as native plants or pruning hydrangeas
  • Work in one of our three therapeutic horticulture gardens or one of our three demonstration gardens (see the list below)
Volunteers at the Senior Enrichment Center Garden

Our volunteers at the Therapeutic Garden located at the Senior Enrichment Center

Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

At Springfest 2022, our Master Gardener Volunteers answered questions, handed out seed packets, and had a seed starting activity for children.

At Springfest 2022, our Master Gardener Volunteers answered questions, handed out seed packets, and had a seed starting activity for children.

Demonstration Garden List

Books and Bees Garden

Southern Pines Public Library

170 W Connecticut Ave.

Southern Pines, NC

Flagship Garden

Agricultural Center

707 Pinehurst Ave.

Carthage, NC

Pinehurst Greenway Wildlife Habitat

First Health Fitness Center (adjacent)

170 Memorial Dr.

Pinehurst, NC