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

CCE local county office contact information

Find out more about the National Extension Master Gardener program.