University of Vermont Extension Master Gardeners (EMG's) are active volunteers in Vermont. There are over 48 on-going projects in the northern part of the state and over 46 on-going in the southern half of the state. Master Gardeners volunteer at educational exhibits, local events and libraries, they conduct community workshops, write columns for local papers, work in garden demonstration projects, and serve on local chapters' steering committees - just to name a few! Click on the map above and move the cursor to find the UVM Extension Master Gardener project closest to you.
We have trained over 3,558 Master Gardeners and currently have 381 active volunteers directing 94 ongoing vetted and approved projects for educational outreach. The Master Gardener Helpline, staffed by trained volunteers, answers over 1,000 calls/emails a year from Vermont gardeners. Since 1991, 49,391 Vermonters have called in for horticulture and pest management advice. In 2018, Master Gardeners contributed 12,157 hours of volunteering across the state. From 2007-2018 Extension Master Gardeners have contributed a total of 153,131 hours. Based on the 2019 Independent Sector rate for volunteer work at $25.43/hour this represents $309,152 each year benefitting Vermont communities.