MS Master Gardener Volunteer
Selection Criteria for Volunteers
Individuals accepted into the program will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that outlines the training and volunteer expectations.
- Previous volunteer experience
- Gardening experience and expertise
- Communication skills (listening, talking, writing)
- Ability and desire to learn
- Interest in helping people
- Willingness to provide unbiased, research-based information
- Training facility limitations
- Enhance county home horticulture on behalf of, and under the supervision of, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, through volunteer work.
- Represent the Mississippi State University Extension Service in a professional manner.
- Adhere to the policies of the Mississippi Master Gardeners program.
Examples of Volunteer Service
Upon completing the 40 volunteer hours commitment, volunteers will become certified Master Gardeners. Volunteers are expected to keep a record of their volunteer activities, hours, and contacts.
The 40 hours of volunteer work are to be completed within one year following the last core training class.
- 4-H presentation coach
- Answering telephone hotline
- Exhibits at fair/malls/shows
- Demonstration/teaching gardens
- Newsletter editor
- Master Gardener Volunteer personnel records
- School gardens
- Plant clinics
- Speakers bureau
- Office work
- New class coordinator
- Staffing plant clinics in the Extension office or other locations
- Developing, setting up, and staffing educational exhibits
- Planting and maintaining demonstration areas (turf, flowers, vegetables, water conservation, native plants, etc.)
- Serving as 4-H horticulture project leaders
- Teaching 4-H horticulture enrichment units in local schools
- Speaking to civic groups and garden clubs
- Conducting horticulture tours
- Answering horticulture questions that come to the county Extension office by phone, office visitor, and letter
- Conducting horticulture therapy programs at nursing homes
- Judging horticulture exhibits or school science fair projects
- Judging 4-H horticulture demonstrations or illustrated talks
- Mailing newsletters, publications, and bulletins to noncommercial horticultural clientele
- Appearing on television or radio programs to discuss home horticulture topics
BILOXI, Miss. -- Students at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi got another hands-on learning component this spring with the addition of a school garden.
Gardeners can buy native and naturalized heirloom plants during the annual Metro Master Gardeners plant sale April 28.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Everything Garden Expo, presented by the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, will return to the Mississippi Horse Park on March 24 and 25.
If you are planning for your vegetable garden this spring, a salad table or two might be in order. Salad tables are a great addition to a traditional vegetable garden or wonderful on their own.
(Photo by Kevin Hudson)
If you’d like to volunteer more in the New Year, Extension has some wonderful opportunities. We have volunteer organizations designed for all ages and interests, including gardening, healthcare, natural resources and youth development.