Home & community gardens are understudied systems that have an important role in building sustainable, healthy, diverse, inclusive and equitable communities and ecosystems. The UVM Extension Community Horticulture Program, includes the Master Gardener & Composter volunteer programs, classes and gardening resources for the public, partner projects, the gardener helpline, and the annual conference.

We train volunteers and use research-based gardening information to help all Vermonters improve their gardening, leadership and environmental stewardship skills. Our vision is to cultivate resilient and healthy communities and be the most trusted resource for horticulture education in Vermont.

Did you know? Consumer horticulture contributes $196 billion to the U.S. economy and creates more than 2 million jobs.


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This work is supported by Crop Protection &Pest Management Program [grant no. 2017-70006-27143/1013802] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Annual Conference

Every Fall, open to everyone. Improve your gardening knowledge and connect with our network.

Classes for Everyone!

Want to become a better gardener? Join us!

Partner Projects

Community High School of VT & Nourishing Neighbors


Master Gardener Program

Become an Extension Master Gardener volunteer or take the course!


Master Composter Program

Become a Vermont Master Composter volunteer or take the course!

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Volunteer Projects

Master Gardener and Composters are active volunteers with more than 90 projects around Vermont.

Request Assistance

Need help from a volunteer for a one-time event? 
Let us know what you need.

Gardener Helpline

Got Home Gardening Questions? Contact us! We are happy to help.


Gardening Resources

Look here for credible, research-based resources.