Welcome!. Master Gardener Volunteer Training Orientation. Core Manual. Core Manual Supplement. Mission. The MSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program trains and coordinates volunteers to share gardening skills and information with Michigan citizens. .
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The MSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program trains and coordinates volunteers to share gardening skills and information with Michigan citizens.
Their knowledge and skills, related to basic plant science and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.
To provide instruction in basic horticulture science to motivated, active gardeners.
To provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.
Through Educational Training in a classroom setting.
Through Volunteering with MSUE in your community.
Rigorous core training lasts 13 weeks and is comprised of the following classes:
Basic plant parts and functions
Growth and development of a plant
Physical properties of soil
Essential plant nutrients and management of these nutrients
Environmental implications of soil management practices
Selection and establishment
Turfgrass pest problems and methods of control
Tree fruit for Michigan
Factors to consider in planning a home orchard
Knowledge of primary pests and diseases
Pests and IPM techniques
Perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs
Identify home-invading pests
Pest of people & pets
What is a pesticide
Alternatives to pesticides
Warm & cool season crops
Fertilizer types & uses
Selection criteria for trees and shrubs
#1 killer of houseplants
Pass weekly take-home assignment with a cumulative average of 70% or better.
Take-home final exam score of 80% or better
Attendance at all class sessions unless other arrangements are made.
Provide 40 hours of horticulture-related service to your community.
Must be educational for others.
Can not be paid for service.
Minimum 20 hours of volunteer service to MSU; the Gardens, the State Master Gardener Office and other horticulture projects.
Remainder of 20 hours to projects whose objective is to increase horticultural-related knowledge in others in your community.
Because Master Gardener Volunteers often work with children and impaired adults as part of their volunteer activities, you are asked to provide your social security number or drivers license number allowing MSU to check any criminal history with the Michigan State Police.
Fifteen (15) hours of volunteering service
Five (5) continuing-education credits
Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status.
Issued in furtherance of MSU Extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8, and June 30, 1914 in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture.
MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.