University of Vermont

About Extension Master Gardener

Extension Master Gardener (EMG) was started in Washington State in 1972 to assist the Extension service with horticulture outreach in local communities. Today, it's a national all-volunteer organization active in every state, the District of Colombia and some Canadian provinces. Vermont EMG was started in 1991 and currently has over 900 active volunteers.

Our Mission

UVM Extension Master Gardener supports the University of Vermont by recruiting, training and overseeing volunteers who promote successful, safe, and environmentally prudent home horticulture practices through education and community outreach activities.

What We Do

The Vermont Extension Master Gardener program has three basic functions: member education by training new Extension Master Gardener and Vermont Master Composter students and providing continuing education to members, operating the Garden Information Helpline, and placing EMG volunteer educators in outreach projects throughout Vermont.

UVM Extension Master Gardener's guiding principle is Integrated Pest Management (IPM). All training and advice is geared towards an ecological approach to home gardening with the main goal of significantly reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides.

Organizational Structure

At the state level, the program is managed by Staff at the EMG State Office. At the local level, the program is represented by seven EMG chapters. The activities of EMG chapters are coordinated by EMG volunteers serving on Chapter Steering Teams, that receive support and guidance from the EMG State Office.

The EMG state office works directly with an Advisory Board, comprised of two representatives from each EMG Chapter, on program policy, operations and chapter needs.

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