Children in the vegetable gardens

Volunteers work with children and adults to share garden knowledge.

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Become a Master Gardener

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


Patricia Catalano
Agriculture Program & Master Gardener Coordinator
315-684-3001 ext 123

Last updated July 23, 2021