NC State Extension Publications


Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

This document provides guidance and direction for conducting an EMGV program. It seeks to clarify roles and North Carolina Cooperative Extension policies and maximize program success while minimizing potential liability issues. This document is based in part on the Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program Handbook and on previous North Carolina Master Gardener Program Operating Procedure. NC Cooperative Extension agents Shawn Banks, Linda Blue, Mark Blevins, and Jeff Rieves, along with program coordinator Jo Cook, guided the development of this document. Pam Bennett, Ohio state EMGV coordinator; Monica David, Illinois state EMGV coordinator; Toni Fitzgerald, Washington state EMGV coordinator; and Harriet Edwards, North Carolina state 4-H volunteer coordinator, reviewed and offered recommendations for strengthening the guidelines. It is a working document for agents and volunteers and includes procedures for working with an EMGV Association (see appendix E).

Outstanding volunteers are critical to the success of Extension programs, and EMGVs are highly valued partners. We tremendously appreciate the time, talent, experience, and wisdom that each EMGV contributes to the community through this successful program.

Lucy Bradley, PhD
Extension Specialist, Urban Horticulture
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
128 Kilgore Hall
Campus Box 7609
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

Phone: 919-513-2001


Extension Specialist, Urban Horticulture
Horticultural Science

Publication date: June 3, 2015

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