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In New York State the master gardener program is a volunteer service program not a course or certificate. The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) programs are managed individually by county CCE associations. Volunteer training occurs at different intervals for each county. Counties select volunteers as needed through an application process from their pool of residents of that county. It is rare that a county will select an applicant from another county. Core horticulture training is the first requirement of the CCE Master Gardener Volunteer commitment, followed by an agreement to volunteer at the host county for one or more years for a specific number of hours. Once you stop volunteering you are no longer a master gardener as it is not a certificate program. Not every CCE county office in New York has the resources to support a CCE MGV program. Those that do are listed below. CCE local county office contact information.

If you are looking for a course not a volunteering opportunity you might be interested in horticulture Cornell Department of Horticulture distance learning courses. Find the current listings here. The content of our Organic Gardening course is very similar to the core training for the CCE Master Gardener Volunteer program. The CCE MGV training manual is also available on line for anyone to review.

Counties with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Programs include those listed below.

CCE local county office contact information

  1. Albany
  2. Allegany and Cattaraugus
  3. Broome
  4. Cattaraugus and Allegany
  5. Cayuga
  6. Chautauqua
  7. Chemung
  8. Chenango
  9. Clinton
  10. Columbia and Greene
  11. Cortland
  12. Dutchess
  13. Erie
  14. Essex
  15. Franklin
  16. Fulton and Montgomery
  17. Genesee
  18. Greene and Columbia
  19. Hamilton
  20. Jefferson
  21. Livingston
  22. Monroe
  23. Montgomery and Fulton
  24. Nassau
  25. Niagara
  26. Oneida
  27. Onondaga
  28. Ontario
  29. Orange
  30. Orleans
  31. Oswego
  32. Otsego and Schoharie
  33. Putnam
  34. Rensselaer
  35. Rockland
  36. Saratoga
  37. Schenectady
  38. Schoharie and Otsego
  39. Seneca
  40. St. Lawrence
  41. Steuben
  42. Suffolk
  43. Sullivan
  44. Tioga
  45. Tompkins
  46. Ulster
  47. Warren
  48. Washington
  49. Wayne
  50. Westchester
  51. Wyoming
  52. Yates

CCE local county office contact information

Find out more about the National Extension Master Gardener program.