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2024 Extension Master Gardener Initial Training

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Join Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of

Cabarrus County

2024 Extension Master Gardener℠ Initial Training


August 15th, 2023 – Open for applications

October 27th, 2023 – Deadline for Applications

2024 EMGV Application

November 9, 2023- Meet and Greet: 2-4 p.m. at 715 Cabarrus Ave West, Concord NC 28025

November 20th, 2023 – Notice of Acceptance

Dec 1st, 2023 – Payment Due 

Dec 7th 2023- Orientation – Syllabus, class layout, and open for questions

Jan 4th- February 22nd, 2024 – Classes: Every Thursday (2-4 p.m.) at 715 Cabarrus Ave West, Concord NC 28025

March 1st, 2024 – Final Test Due 

March 5th 2024- Graduation 


 Our mission is to connect people to horticulture through science-based education and outreach that empowers North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities. The initial training is open to all community members interested in learning more about gardening and helping others learn. Students completing the initial training will also complete a 40 hour internship throughout the rest of the calendar year to earn their Extension Master Gardener Certification. Certification is annual renewed with required education and volunteer hours. 

Syllabus 2024 EMGV Initial Training




Dec 7th 2023    (2-4 p.m.) Syllabus, Expectations, EMGV Overview Orientation
Jan 4th 2024     (2-4 p.m.) Botany & Weeds 3,6
Jan 11th 2024   (2-4 p.m.) Soils & Compost 1,2
Jan 18th 2024   (2-4 p.m.)  Disease, Diagnostics & Disorders 5,7
Jan 25th 2024   (2-4 p.m.) Lawns 9
Feb 1st 2024     (2-4 p.m.) Organics 17
Feb 8th 2024    (2-4 p.m.) Vegetable Gardens 16
Feb 15th 2024   (2-4 p.m.) IPM/Insects 8,4
Feb 22nd 2024  (2-4 p.m.) Youth & Community 21
Due by March 1st 2024 Final Test

Class Structure: 

Each class has a pre-assigned chapter and quiz to do independently prior to class attendance.

Class Cost: 

Initial Training Fee         (Required for each participant) $65
Option A Online Textbook and Videos Free
Option B Textbook (Hardcover) $55
Option C “Top-hat” Online Book and Learning Platform $55

First Year Guidelines 

Within one year of completing the core training and passing the final exam, volunteers (now called “MGV Interns”) must complete a minimum 40-hour internship. The goal of this internship is to introduce interns to the variety of EMG programs and opportunities in their counties.

 MGV Interns will work with current certified Master Gardener volunteers to learn the overall program as well as some individual aspects. 

 During this first year interns will:

  • Complete 40 volunteer hours that will include all of the following:
    • Select one committee to serve on as an intern member. 
    • Commit at least 5 hours to the helpline. 
    • Participate in one community outreach program 
      • Public community outreach event
      • Teach a class with Extension Staff
      • Liaison for community garden
      • Static display for community event

Current Master Gardener volunteers agree to:

  • Give leadership to committees
  • Serve as Mentors to Interns
  • Have at least one Certified EMGV where Interns are present for programs. 

Extension Staff will:

  • Be available for individualized intern attention
  • Make accommodations as needed and appropriate. 
  • Be open to hearing new ideas. 
  • Offer community interest based gardening classes which Certified and Intern EMGV’s may attend for little or no cost. 
  • Support educational and volunteer interests of all Extension Master Gardener Volunteers as appropriately budgeted; may include materials for events and coordinating travel, 
  • Connect all Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to volunteer and educational opportunities available in the community.

Upon completion of the internship, the title of “Extension Master Gardener Volunteer” will be awarded along with a certificate and name tag. These successes of staff, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Interns will be celebrated annually. 

If you have any questions please email Tracy LeCompte