Mission of the Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers
As Extension Master Gardener volunteers (EMGVs), we are part of a vast national Cooperative Extension system that seeks to help individuals, families and communities put research based knowledge to work in their lives. The Extension Master Gardener program is supported by research based information generated at NC State University, NC A&T State University and other land-grant colleges.
Our mission is to support, teach and encourage a diverse community of gardeners using current research-based horticulture practices.
Who We Are and What We Do
The Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers of Buncombe County are community volunteers who support and engage in projects and activities that will enhance the quality of life for Buncombe County residents. Members in the EMGV programs are citizens of the local community who not only take an active interest in their own lawns, trees and gardens, but also strive to promote sound horticultrual practices in the community. Members receive invaluble training and continuing opportunities for educaiton, then share their horticultural expertise through a wide variety of projects benefiting Buncombe County residents and organizations.
The Extension Master Gardener program allows the local Extension to extend education to an ever increasing gardening audience. It also provide a highly visible way to meet the public demand for information and to develop a strong support group.
What Do Master Gardeners Do?
Extension Master Gardener members are volunteers who love to garden and help others. We complete an Extension Master Gardener Training Program, which is presented by our sponsor, the North Carolina Extension Service. Training sessions are held every year, based on need in the fall or winter months. In return, interns must give 40 hours of volunteer service back to the Agricultural Extension programs and their community to become a certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer. After certification as a North Carolina EMGV, we annually complete at least 15 hours of continuing education and give 30 hours of volunteer service to the program. Educational hours and service to the community is required for each year’s re-certification. There are approximately 120 active, Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Buncombe County.