This program trains and certifies volunteers to provide community service through the local county Extension office. Master Gardeners are trained, certified volunteers for the University of Tennessee Extension County Office.
Tennessee Extension Master Gardeners (TEMG's) are trained volunteers that help the Extension Service share the latest and greatest gardening information! All volunteers are trained with 40 hours of horticultural classes and return 40 hours of volunteer community service (the first year; 25 hours community service and eight hours CEU's every year thereafter) through the Extension office.
The Master Gardener Program is offered by The University of Tennessee Extension. Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve the quality of life with community garden/landscape programs.
This could only be possible through the training and utilization of local volunteers like YOU!
Nationally, there are approximately 94,865 active Master Gardeners volunteers in US and Canada with an estimated 5,197,573 volunteer hours (2009 statistics).
2,500 current ACTIVE Master Gardeners in Tennessee
39 County-based Programs
25 Hours of Service Returned to Community (after the first year)
8 Hours of Annual Continued Education