Connect: Master Gardener Volunteer
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:
39. St. Lawrence
Find out more about the National Extension Master Gardener program.