CCE Suffolk trains Master Gardener Volunteers to provide the public with gardening programs and activities that draw on the horticultural research and experience of Cornell University. Master Gardener Volunteers receive research-based instruction and are kept up-to-date through continual exposure to the latest developments in environmental horticulture. In return, they agree to share their knowledge with neighbors by volunteering to do community service. After completing the training course and volunteering for 125 hours, they become certified as CCE Suffolk Master Gardener Volunteers.
Suffolk County's Master Gardener Volunteer Program, along with similar programs in other counties in New York State, is directly linked to Cornell University as part of its National Land-Grant College charter. This tie to Cornell provides Master Gardener Volunteers with state-of-the-art gardening knowledge.
Anyone who enjoys gardening and has a desire to share knowledge and skills in their community can be a Master Gardener Volunteer. MG Volunteers are a cross-section of men and women from Suffolk County. Among the over 1,200 MG Volunteers trained over the past 40 years have been schoolteachers, lawyers, accountants, police officers -- some are retired, some are homemakers, some are younger, some are older -- in fact, the whole gamut of professions and lifestyles is represented. Anyone with a desire to learn more about gardening and an interest in contributing to the community on a voluntary basis is a candidate for the Suffolk County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
Master Gardener Volunteers . . .
The next training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers will be held in 2017, beginning February 1 and ending June 28. The curriculum and weekly schedule have been revised to provide more hands-on training and make the course accessible to people who work Monday through Friday. Starting February 1, weekly Wednesday evening lectures will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. at CCE Suffolk, 423 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead. Starting April 1, Saturday morning classes will also be held 9:00 a.m.-noon in the field (weather permitting) every other week at various locations from Amityville to Riverhead until the course ends June 28. The cost of the course remains $375 with an additional $125 deposit, refunded upon completion of 125 hours of volunteer service. Download an application here.
Application Due by October 31, 2016.
For more information about the Master Gardener Volunteer program please contact:
Last updated August 10, 2016