Children in the vegetable gardens

Volunteers work with children and adults to share garden knowledge.

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Become a Master Gardener

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Master Gardener Volunteers

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information.

Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) assist with gardening projects in the community, teach classes and workshops, provide information and soil pH testing at events, and answer gardening questions.

Madison County Master Gardener volunteers are an integral component of the counties' outreach program in educating:

  • Home gardeners
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Youth in after-school programs
  • Community & school gardeners
  • Gardening clubs and other groups

Master Gardener Volunteers may:

  • Offer classes each year on gardening topics
  • Answer hundreds of calls each year on the garden "hotline"
  • Write garden articles¬†
  • Demonstrate projects in public places
  • Participate in community improvement projects
  • Organize plant sales and public events
  • Increase awareness for best practices in gardening

Learn and share your gardening knowledge through outreach programs in the community. 

Take our MGV training!

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV)!

  • Learn Basic Botany, Vegetable Gardening, Soils, Composting, Lawns, Entomology, Wildlife Nuisance, Pruning, Perennials, Plant Propagation, and more.
If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer here are the steps to enroll in the first training in January 2022:
  1. Review this MGV official volunteer description
  2. Review all sections and fill out this Long-term Volunteer Application
  3. Fill out this Background check form and this Driver's Record form
  4. All completed forms can be mailed to:
    1. CCE Madison c/o Patty Catalano, PO Box 1209, Morrisville, NY 13408
  5. If you would rather, you can drop forms off at CCE Madison; 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, from 8am-4pm M-F
For information contact,
Patty Catalano 315-684-3001 ext. 108


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Patricia Catalano
Agriculture Program & Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
315-684-3001 ext 108

Last updated November 22, 2021