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Becoming A Certified MG Volunteer

To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, the candidate should undertake the general Master Gardener training program offered by the county Extension office. The general Master Gardener training program in Brown County is held each year. We can accept a maxium of 30 participants on a first come, first served basis. All candidates will be subjected to a background check before being accepted into the program.

The general Master Gardener training program is comprised of three sections: 1) 36 hours of indoor training, 2) a take-home exam, and 3) at least 24 hours of volunteer service on a team project.

Section 1:
In the first section of this program, you will receive a minimum of 36 hours of basic training on gardening and volunteerism. The class will be held indoors and will cover a variety of horticulture topics including soils, plant identification tools, insects and diseases, landscaping, vegetables, fruits, trees, shrubs, propagation, volunteerism, and more. These classes will be co-taught by Brown County Horticulture Educator Vijai Pandian and other guest speakers from the Green Bay area.

Section 2:
At the end of the indoor training sessions, a take-home exam of 50 multiple-choice questions will be conducted based on the subjects covered in the 36 hours of training. Trainees are required to submit their answers within a week from the date the exam is issued.

Section 3:
Twenty-four hours of volunteer service is required as part of this training program to be a certified Master Gardener Volunteer. Each year the 24 hours of volunteer service will be assigned in the form of a team project. The class is divided into 4 or 5 teams with each team consisting of 4 or 5 members. Each team is assigned a small community project to demonstrate and perform outreach education.

Application form and fee:
All participants are subjected to a background check before their application forms are processed. Once your background check is cleared, you will be officially accepted into the program. The cost of this training program is $110 per person. The fee includes the cost for the Master Gardener training manual, membership to the N.E.W. Master Gardener Association and the Wisconsin State Master Gardener Association, team project supplies, and other hands-on activities. If you have further questions, give us a call at 920-391-4653.

The Fall 2018 N.E.W. Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is now in progress and closed until 2019.
To inquire about the 2019 N.E.W. Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program, please contact 920-391-4653 in July 2019.
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