Master Gardener Volunteers are neighbors teaching neighbors about horticultural topics and environmentally sound gardening practices, providing the public with educational 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 advanced trainings and workshops. In return, they agree to share their knowledge with neighbors though 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 valued connection to Cornell provides Master Gardener Volunteers with state-of-the-art gardening knowledge and resources.
Master Gardener Volunteers . . .
We welcome adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to the Master Gardener Volunteer program. Anyone who enjoys gardening, has a desire to share knowledge and skills, and who is willing to provide community service are encouraged to apply. To become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer, one must successfully graduate from the course, volunteer 125 hours within a 2 year period, and remain active by volunteering at least 30 hours each year after certification.
Being a Master Gardener Volunteer is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The commitment and dedication of our volunteers help county residents to understand best gardening practices, and contribute to making Suffolk County a more beautiful and greener place to live.
The next training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers will begin in the Fall of 2019. Training will be offered through an interactive, asynchronous online course, as well as through hands-on learning during in-person meetings on one or two Saturdays each month. Saturday classes will be held at our Extension Education Center at CCE Suffolk, 423 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead.
Have you ever wanted to take the “Master Gardener” course but do not have time to volunteer? CCE Suffolk is now offering an 10-week online Advanced Training course for LI Gardeners without the volunteer commitment. The online course will cover the same horticultural topics included in the Master Gardener Volunteer Preparation: Botany, soils, beneficial insects, composting, vegetable and fruit gardening, lawn care, plant diseases, climate resilient gardening, wildlife and pest management and much more. Contact Donna Alese Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Limited space is available.
For more information on becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer, or to request a speaker or a Master Gardener Volunteer for your project, please contact:
Last updated September 25, 2018