UVM Master Gardener volunteers and Vermont Master Composter volunteers lead more than 90 educational gardening projects throughout the state. These volunteers partner with schools, libraries, towns and cities, museums and historical landmarks, farmers' markets, and nonprofit organizations to provide educational exhibits, information tables, and community/school/demonstration gardens that teach the public about sound gardening and composting practices.

See the list below (organized by county) for the projects our volunteers lead across the state.

Extension Master Gardener and Vermont Master Composter Volunteers: Feel free to get in touch with one of our volunteer project leaders if you would like to get involved in one of these projects.

Community Members: If you have a gardening question, please visit our Helpline.

Non-Profit Organizations/Partners: Please submit a request for assistance from an Extension Master Gardener or Composter volunteer. 

EMG = Extension Master Gardener Project
VMC = Vermont Master Composter Project

Extension Master Gardener & Vermont Master Composter Volunteer Projects

Statewide & Remote Projects

EMG Helpline / Ask Extension (EMG & VMC)

UVM campus and Remote
Lisa Chouinard, 802-656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

The Extension Master Gardener Helpline, a phone hotline and online service, receives and answers gardening questions from the public. Volunteers are recruited when openings are available. The helpline is located in the Plant Diagnostic Clinic (next to the Master Gardener office) in Jeffords Hall on the UVM Campus in Burtlington. Extension Master Gardener Helpline volunteers work directly with UVM faculty and staff to provide science-based sustainable gardening recommendations to the people of Vermont. EMG volunteers choose weekly three-hour shifts for staffing in-person calls and online inquiries from the general public regarding their home gardening questions. This is a great way to interact with the UVM Master Gardener staff, and Plant Pathology lab to learn how to diagnose plant problems. Since the pandemic, volunteers are able to respond to online inquiries remotely as well.

Gardening Columns for Vermont Media (EMG & VMC)


This is a media/writing project. Volunteers are recruited when openings are available. This opportunity entails writing timely gardening columns of 400-600 words on home horticulture topics, primarily vegetable gardening, composting, soil health, garden pests, lawn care, new gardening trends or techniques, indoor winter herb gardening, etc. that will be distributed to around 70 media outlets in the state and region. Articles must be original and have a how-to or informational angle with research-based, unbiased information similar to advice given as a Master Gardener. Writers will get a byline and may choose their own topics (providing there is no duplication), which may include examples from their own personal experiences. Volunteers willing to commit to writing several articles preferred. Full guidelines and sample columns available.

Content Creation (EMG & VMC)

Deb Heleba, debra.heleba@uvm.edu

Do you have an interest in writing an educational fact sheet, bulletin or other publication on a gardening topic for the public? We are accepting ideas from Extension Master Gardeners and Vermont Master Composters. You may select from a list of projects for which we need help or pitch your own idea. Complete the content creation form

Precipitation Observer: Vermont Chapter of CoCoRaHS (EMG)

Seth Kutikoff, Burlington-based meteorologist with the National Weather Service/NOAA, seth.kutikoff@noaa.gov

Extension Master Gardeners are invited to participate as Observers for the CoCoRaHS / Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a national network of volunteers who measure precipitation right in their own backyards. The information from these citizen scientists is critical to making a better weather forecast. CoCoRaHS volunteers take daily measurements of precipitation using a specific rain gauge and other techniques and report daily to a central website. EMGs may report CoCoRaHS activity as volunteer time. Learn more and get involved at: www.cocorahs.org

Pollinator Pals: Pollinator Support for Schools, Libraries and Youth Groups (EMG)

Madeline Chamberlain, madeline.chamberlain@gmail.com

Our mission is to provide support for schools, libraries and youth groups in their planning of pollinator-related lessons and activities. Our project matches educators with EMGs to supply science-based pollinator resources and lesson ideas or even providing resources and ideas for creating pollinator gardens. Through advertising and the EMG website, this project will reach a wide variety of schools, libraries  and youth groups throughout the state. EMG volunteers will use a “cheat sheet” of resources to provide ideas to our clients and will also provide support to educators, librarians and youth leaders like classroom lesson plans, demonstrations or presentations, and/or help with pollinator plantings.

Social Media Support (EMG & VMC)

Deb Heleba, debra.heleba@uvm.edu

Here, we are looking for individuals interested in helping us create research-based content for our social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram. You can help us with our Instagram presence by making some ready-to-post content. We are also inviting volunteers to consider "Take Overs" where we hand over the social media reins for a week and leave you to post interesting, research-based, local content on gardening and/or composting. If interested, complete the content creation form.

Vermont Victory Gardens (EMG)

Gordon Clark, 802-734-6966, gordonclark09@gmail.com

This project addresses food insecurity by engaging EMGs in planning and construction of neighborhood and community gardens, providing seeds and seed starting instruction, and science based instruction in gardening methods.

Additional Remote & Off Season Volunteering Ideas (EMG & VMC)

(You don’t have to get all your volunteer hours done during the summer or in-person)

  • Schedule an online class and teach others how to garden. It could be a presentation or just a Q&A session. People often have lots of questions, invite them to meet you online and answer a few for them. Advertise your event on the master gardener listserv, online calendar and in your own community. Or contact Cindy Heath (cindy.heath@uvm.edu) to help out with one-time requests for online classes. We currently have requests for classes on growing microgreens indoors, container gardens, or growing food in small spaces.
  • Write and post short Facebook articles and distribute to FB coordinators (see chapter info on our website for coordinators names or contact debra.heleba@uvm.edu to help with the statewide FB or Instagram pages.)
  • Work with a volunteer project leader to apply for a project grant
  • Offer to make plant tags or educational signs for a demo garden near you - and contact the volunteer project leader to help
  • Do that extra thing you've always wanted to do for your project but haven't had the time to do research growing that thing you've always wanted to try. Make that educational sign you've been meaning to make, or a map of the garden. Now is your chance to think about the educational value of your project and how you can enhance it next season.

Addison County

Addison County Field Days Ask-A-Master Gardener (EMG & VMC)

Addison County Fairgrounds, 1790 Field Days Road, Vergennes
Jennifer Chiodo, 802-482-4483, jenniferlchiodo@gmail.com

This is an Ask-A-Master Gardener table at the Addison County Fairgrounds. Volunteers display EMG and VMC materials and answer questions about home gardening and horticulture.

Addison County Solid Waste Management District (VMC)

1223 Route 7, South Middlebury
Emily Johnson, 802-388-2333, emily@acswmd.org

The ACSWMD staff conduct outreach at transfer stations, farmers markets, and other events to promote food scrap diversion and compliance with Act 148. ACSWMD is trying to reach any and all residents within district towns to promote backyard composting awareness and the district food scrap collection program, have outreach tables at local farmers markets, and conduct workshops at community centers. There may be the opportunity for a volunteer to help with school composting  efforts as well. The ACSWMD needs motivated volunteers to help educate community members about the vatiety of methods to keep food scraps out of the trash, including backyard composting and utilizing the district's food scrap collection program.

Bridport Triangle Demo Garden (EMG)

52 Crown Point Road, Bridport
Pat Morrow, 802-462-3741, morrow914@aol.com

The Bridport Demonstration Garden, aka Triangle Garden, is located in the center of town in Bridport. Extension Master Gardener volunteers helped to establish and maintain the garden. Pat Morrow recently located the original map of the garden’s plantings. From the map, the volunteers are recreating, as much as possible, the original garden. EMG volunteers tend a display garden in the center of Bridport.

Cornwall School Garden Club (EMG)

112 School Road, Cornwall
Shari Johnson, 802-462-3366, adinsgj@aol.com

This is a club of students at Cornwall school. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help school staff to enhance the existing 'farm to table' programs at the school through science education that will reach students, parents, school staff, and the community. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help with plant selection, plant/garden planning, as well as teach soil science.

Therapeutic Gardening at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (EMG)

30 Porter Drive, Middlebury
Judith Irven, 802-247-4707, judithirven@gmail.com

Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Center provides skilled nursing care to many long-term residents. There is also a separate residential memory-care unit, plus a rehabilitation unit for short-term patients. During the summer months, Extension Master Gardener volunteers meet in the sheltered courtyard for weekly gardening sessions with nursing center residents. There are several raised beds plus two in-ground beds. The center grows herbs and vegetables for the kitchen, as well as flowers to decorate the indoor rooms. EMG volunteers help to answer garden-related questions from visitors and residents. EMG volunteers are most welcome to join us for as many sessions as fits your own schedule. Before each session an email describing the planned activities for that week is sent out to our volunteers. Let the project leaders know if you would like to be added to their email list.

Turning Point of Addison County Garden Club (EMG)

54 Creek Rd, Middlebury
John Wurst, 802-989-8302, johnjwurst@gmail.com

The Turning Point Center project goal is to engage with people in recovery to educate them on gardening using research-based advice as an alternative to substance abuse. Working with six raised beds, volunteers will focus on having presentations, classes, demonstrations, hands-on projects, outreach events and potentially educational field trips etc.

Bennington County

Bennington Chapter Facebook Page (EMG & VMC)

Joni Charbonneau, ggal24@gmail.com
Irene Goyette, renegoyette89@gmail.com

This project promotes science-based posting to the EMG Bennington County Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BenningtonMasterGardeners/.

Bennington Chapter Plant Sale (EMG)

Martha Beauchamp, 802-445-5688, thequiltedjardin@hotmail.com
Irene Goyette, 802-688-8944, irenegoyette89@gmail.com

The Bennington Chapter (local EMG club) plant sale fundraiser. Volunteers and local nurseries provide plants and tend them before the sale. During the sale, voluneers help to promote, set up, and staff the EMG informational table, providing plant care advice, and science-based gardening advice.

Bennington Community Demo Garden (EMG)

Bradford Street, Bennington
Martha Beauchamp, 802-445-5688, thequiltedjardin@hotmail.com
Megan Herrington, 616-581-8488 

This project involves four raised garden beds dedicated as community demonstration plots with a focus on growing food, horticulture skills and biodiversity. EMGs will host both one-time educational opportunities (ex. building up soil health), workshop series (ex. planting tomatoes 101 – start to finish), volunteer activities (garden and compost maintenance) and age-appropriate hands-on sessions for kids and teens (ex. I spy, garden story hours, tasting demos etc).

Gardens at Yellow Barn Farm (EMG)

223 VT Rte 313 West, Arlington
Dottie Sundquist, 802-681-8923, dotsun53@gmail.com 
Heather Hamilton, 802-447-0051), hchamilton@att.net
Irene Goyette, 802-688-8944, irenegoyette89@gmail.com

This project offers field trips with school groups, demonstrations, hands on projects and outreach events focusing on topics ranging from soil preparation, planting seeds and plants, tending the garden, to harvest and storage.

George Aiken Wildflower Trail Demo Garden at the Bennington Museum (EMG)

75 North Main Street, Bennington
Dottie Sundquist, 802-688-4707, dotsun53@gmail.com

This is a demonstration flower garden at the Bennington Museum. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help with plant inventory, removal of invasives, planting native species, and educational programs.

John McCullough Library Community Herb & Vegetable Garden (EMG)

2 Main Street, North Bennington
Katrina Hastings, khastings086@gmail.com
Becky Manning 608-347-0261 emanning@wisc.edu

This project offers outdoor classes, demonstrations, and art projects throughout the year to children and families at the John McCullough Library. A focus on a particular vegetable family to include recipe sharing, rotating gallery of coloring pages for vegetables and complementary herbs, gardening word games, scavenger hunts for non-noxious invasive plants etc. The teachers will explicitly include and evaluate retention of gardening know-how in two primary grades. A pollinator pathway component is also included with plantings and educational signage the library and in selected areas in North Bennington. The project addresses multiple needs - a barren area along the southwest side of the library is being transformed into a lush learning environment of herbs, perennial flowers and grasses to demonstrate both garden design (light/soil/climate) and the reward of growing plants to feed people, insects and birds. The herb garden serves as an engaging starting point for nutrition and gardening literacy programs highlighting the value and enjoyment of healthy eating, and as the seasons pass, library patrons see the stages of and requirements (healthy soil, light, water, weed management etc.) for growing edible plants from ground preparation through harvest. The library provides food pantry services and a “veggie-swap” to address the community’s food insecurity. Information about the herbs in the garden that complement food pantry items is provided throughout the growing season, and patrons are encouraged to sample herbs throughout the season.

Manchester Community Library Pollinator Garden (EMG)

138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center
Mia Clark, mialclark@gmail.com
Melissa Meola, Meselin80@gmail.com

The goal of the Manchester Library Pollinator Garden is to offer hands-on opportunities to view more eco-conscious, pollinator friendly plant ideas to inspire area residents to plant native species in their own. This project aims to reverse pollinator decline through educating the public on native and wildflower plantings. EMG volunteers will participate in hands-on work and educational opportunities to showcase native plants and teach the important role they play in bio-diversity and the life cycle of pollinators and birds. They will plant pollinator plugs from Hildene and provide presentations and tabling events for the public. 

Old First Church Marker Demo Garden (EMG)

One Monument Circle Bennington
Heather Hamilton, 802-447-0051, hchamilton@att.net

This is a historic monumet in Bennington. EMG volunteers teach integrated science and art based lessons at the adjacent school. Topics include climate, weather, soil, insects, plant needs and geometric design in the garden. EMG volunteers also assist with planning and plant selection as well as the labeling of the historically accurate plantings of the Victorian era.

Caledonia County

Lyndon Institute Garden and Greenhouse (EMG)

168 Institute Circle, Lyndon Center
Jerry Leonard, 802-535-2902, jerry.leonard@lyndoninstitute.org

The Lyndon Institute is an independent boarding school for grades 9 through 12 where students work in the greenhouse and garden with Extension Master Gardener volunteers through their Environmental Sustainability program. Produce that is harvested from the garden and used in the dining hall during fall and summer months. Local food shelves are supported along with the Meals on Wheels program, and the Lyndon area foodbank.

Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District Compost Outreach (VMC)

224 Church Street, Lyndonville
Shannon Choquette, 802-626-3532, outreach@nekwmd.org

The NEKWMD staff conduct outreach at transfer stations, farmers markets, and other events to promote food scrap diversion and compliance with Act 148.  NEKWMD is trying to reach any and all residents within district towns to promote backyard composting awareness and the district food scrap collection program, have outreach tables at local farmers markets (Danville, Lyndonville, but not St. J or Newport as they are not in District), and conduct workshops at community centers. There may be the opportunity for a volunteer to help with school composting  efforts as well. The NEKWMD needs motivated volunteers to help educate community members about the vatiety of methods to keep food scraps out of the trash, including backyard composting and utilizing the district's food scrap collection program.

Chittenden County

Burlington City Hall Demo Gardens (EMG)

149 College Street, Burlington
Jill Lamothe, 802-985-3058, jdlamothe@comcast.net

This Extension Master Gardener demonstration garden is located in front of Burlington City Hall. It was started by Professor Mark Starrett and is maintained by his students with the assistance of Extension Master Gardener volunteers and the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department. EMGs start seeds, transplant, and harden off annual plants which are planted with established perennials and trees in the garden.

Burlington Farmers Market Ask-A-Master-Gardener Table (EMG & VMC)

149 Church Street, Burlington
Dawn Ridolfo, dawn.ridolfo@gmail.com with Mark Coel and Linsey Bruner

This Ask A Master Gardener informational table at the Saturday Burlington Farmers Market is staffed by Extension Master Gardener volunteers to answer the public’s questions about plants, diseases, insects, composting and more. Information is distributed regarding the Master Gardener courses as well. This is one of the most visable projects in the state.

Burnham Memorial Library Gardens (EMG)

898 Main Street, Colchester
Karen Burke, 802-777-7155 karen.burke@uvm.edu

This project will educate Colchester residents about pollinators and other beneficial insects leading into the interdependence of all plants and animals in the environmental web. Specific topics include: vegetable gardening, seed library, vegetable garden design, vegetable care, IPM including companion planting; harvesting and taste testing; seed saving, pollinator garden designmaintaining biodiversity; insect life cycle and a giving garden. Weekly garden work with information tables with Master Gardeners to answer questions. Plan the community giving garden for 2023 in consultation with Library, Colchester Village, and Food Shelf.

Butterfly Garden at Quinlan Covered Bridge (EMG)

East Charlotte
Julie Parker-Dickerson, 603-732-2049, jgardensvt@gmail.com

The Butterfly Garden at Quinlan Covered Bridge contains a wide variety of native plants and pollinator-attracting perennials that are suitable for our heavy clay soil in zone 5. The purpose of this garden is to provide a food source for pollinators and wildlife. The goal of the project is to document the plant list to provide neighbors with a roadmap to establish plants that would be successful in their gardens. Volunteers are asked to help weed, prune, spread mulch, divide plants, and help with plant labels. View a video highlight of this project at: https://youtu.be/iwXSWHL4W6g.

Champlain Valley Expo Ask-A-Master-Gardener (EMG & VMC)

105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
Karen Patno, 802-989-2716, karen.patno@gmail.com

Extension Master Gardener volunteers host an informational table at the Champlain Valley Fair that attracts thousands of Vermonters each year. Visitors ask EMGs questions about their home gardens and composting systems.  EMGs are in charge of the informational table and organizing the volunteer schedule.

Charlotte Library Gardens (EMG)

115 Ferry Road, Charlotte
Karen Tuininga, 603-339-1407, kknh.nh@gmail.com

The goal of the Charlotte Library Gardens project is to encourage community members to grow more of their food at home using eco-friendly and sustainable evidence-based methods, and to support local biodiversity and ecosystem health. Volunteers assist with creating and delivering a variety of educational programs about once a month during the growing season, help create signage, educational materials, and articles, and help manage, stock, and support the existing Charlotte Seed Library, and help to plant and maintain the demonstration areas of the library gardens.

Deborah Rawson Library Demo Garden (EMG & VMC)

8 River Road, Jericho
Susan Adams, 802-899-2742, sadams15@comcast.net

This is a demonstration garden. Extension Master Gardener volunteers work with children to plant, and grow produce for the local food shelf. They also organize educational workshops for the community. Each year, they plan a themed children's book garden to eduate about growing food and promote reading and early literacy.

Essex Free Library Demo Garden (EMG)

I Browns River Road, Essex Junction
Sally Fleury, 802-238-5012, sally_fleury@hotmail.com

Located in front of the Essex Free Library, this EMG demonstration garden educates the public and youth about gardening. An Extension Master Gardener informational table is also present at the Essex Free Library plant sales to allow the community to ask questions directly. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help plan the gardens and answer the public's questions about gardening.

Growing Together Community Garden (EMG)

190 Pond Road, Hinesburg
Enrique Peredo, 802-734-0841, eperedo@uvm.edu

The Growing Together Community Garden consists of individual plots of raised bed gardens, and is open to the community year-round. On occasion, harvested produce is donated to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Extension Master Gardener volunteers educate community members on gardening and composting as well as assist in addressing common plant diseases.

No-Till Community Garden Education (EMG)

111 West Street, Essex Junction
Robert Kurth

This project serves three community gardens in the Village of Essex Junction, the largest being 90 plots. After 40 years of tilling, the garden coordinators are transitioning to a no-till approach. EMGs will create or curate educational materials and provide classroom and on-site instruction. Volunteers may manage on-site demonstration projects such as permanent bed construction and maintenance, cover cropping, deep mulch systems and conservation tillage.

Northwest Chapter Plant Sale at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center (EMG)

65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington
Cindy Gilhooly, 802-893-1259, love2gardenvt@gmail.com

Once each year, the Northwest Master Gardener Chapter (a local EMG club) holds a perennial plant sale. Funds raised are used to pay for the club's educational gardening events throughout the year. EMG volunteers help customers who are buying their plants by answering their garden questions and promoting the EMG Certification.

Partnership with Friends of the UVM Horticulture Farm (EMG)

65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington
Debbie Wolf Page, 802-878-6529, debbiewolfpage@gmail.com
Kitty Werner, 02-496-3271, kwerner@wcvt.com

This project supports the mission of the Friends of the UVM Horticulture Farm to educate the public through gardening workshops, working with UVM researchers, writing newsletter articles, plant labeling and signage, and attending and conducting plant collection workdays.

Pollinator Demo Garden at UVM Horticulture Farm (EMG)

65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington
Debbie Wolf Page, 802-878-6529, debbiewolfpage@gmail.com

This University of Vermont pollinator garden was created to teach college students and public about pollinators at UVM's Horticultural Farm located in South Burlington. The EMG demonstration garden was established to educate students and the public on the benefits of pollinators and planting gardens to attract them. EMG volunteers help to run three workshops each year in partnership with the Friends of the Hort Farm non-profit. Each workshop highlights plants that bloom in spring, summer and fall. Extension Master Gardener volunteers also educate UVM students and visitors about pollinators.

Rick Marcotte Central School Garden (EMG & VMC)

10 Market Street, South Burlington
Amy Simone, 802-343-3660, amyfsimone@gmail.com

This is a school garden for elementary students in K-5th grade. Students learn about starting and growing a vegetable garden and area encouraged to plant their own gardens at home. Parents and community members are involved and assist Extension Master Gardener volunteers  in teaching the students.

Smilie Elementary School Instructional Greenhouse and Gardens (EMG & VMC)

2712 Theodore Roosevelt Highway, Bolton
Virginia Haviland, 802-434-5801, vehinvt@gmail.com

The Smilie Memorial School holds classes with students and their families using their greenhouse and garden. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help to teach gardening and composting while encouraging and explaining how students and their families can implement similar practices at home.

Starr Farm Community Garden (EMG & VMC)

Starr Farm Road, Burlington
Jean Parker, 802-782-5154, parkerjeane@yahoo.com

Starr Farm is part of the Burlington Area Community Gardens. EMG volunteers educate gardeners on how to achieve healthier organic produce for their families. Located in the New North End of Burlington, this prime location is a popular garden site because of its proximity to the bike path, dog park and playground. Recent site additions include permaculture gardens and honeybees.

TREEage Community Tree Nursery (EMG)

1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington
Marie Ambusk,802-999-1126, marie.ambusk@gmail.com
Drew Shatzer , 321-278-9213, ashatzer@ewsd.org

TREEage is South Burlington’s volunteer tree steward organization. TREEage volunteers manage the TREEage Community Tree Nursery, where trees are grown for planting along neighborhood streets. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help plant new tree seedlings, prepare for future plant sales, and educate the public on best practices for urban trees.

UVM South Burlington Adult Day Facility (formerly Grand Way) (EMG)

412 Farrell Street, South Burlington
Robilee Smith, robileesmith@gmail.com
Jennifer Trapani,  jntrapani@gmail.com 

This is a daytime care for adults who need extra assistance or have physical disabilities or memory impairments. This program was started by Donna Covais, a trained horticultural therapist, who passed away in 2021. EMG volunteers work with clients at the Grand Way Adult Day Care Program to do horticultural therapy projects. Clients create seasonal floral centerpieces, wreaths and bouquets to take home to their care providers and loved ones.  Extension Master Gardeners support semi-monthly project sessions and provide advice on gardens for the residents to enjoy.

UVM Teaching and Demonstration Gardens (EMG) 

63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington
Mary Jane Poynter, 802-578-9433, maryjanempoynter@gmail.com

This Universtiy of Vermont teaching and demonstration garden is located outside of the Jeffords Science building on UVM's campus in Burlington. Thousands of students and visitors pass through these gardens every year. Extension Master Gardeners volunteers give tours, help to plan these gardens, label plants and update the educational signs.

Wheeler Park Demo Garden (EMG)

1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington
Kate Mesaros, 802-425-2219, rkmesaros@hotmail.com

The Wheeler Park EMG Demonstration garden is part of a historical homestead, and the grounds include 7 community and themed gardens.

Vermont Flower Show Ask-A-Master Gardener (EMG & VMC)

105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
Shari Johnson, 802-462-3366, adinsgj@gmail.com

Extension Master Gardener volunteers host an informational table at the annual Vermont Flower Show, which brings artists and vendors together to feature a garden display, educational seminars, food and floral demonstrations in celebration of spring plant growth. Flower show visitors can ask EMGs questions about their home gardens and composting systems.  EMGs are in charge of the informational table and organizing the volunteer schedule.

Vermont Farm Show Ask-A-Master Gardener (EMG & VMC)

105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
Heidi Racht. 802-434-2690, heidiracht@gmavt.net

Extension Master Gardener volunteers host an informational table at the Vermont Farm Show, typically held each winter at the Champlain Valley Expo. Visitors ask EMGs questions about their home gardens and composting systems. EMGs are in charge of the informational table and organizing the volunteer schedule.

Essex County

Currently, we have no volunteers leading projects in Essex County but have opportunities in other parts of the Northeast Kingdom.

Franklin County

Down To Earth Community Garden (EMG & VMC)

29 Bellows Street, St. Albans
Heather Smith, 802-524-9338, chczasmith@comcast.net

The Down to Earth Community Garden is located outside the St. Albans City School and holds community work days and educational events. The site includes beehives, pollinator gardens, fruit and vegetable gardens, and a wetland project with an elevated walkway which is regularly visited by the community for nature walks, BBQs and more. This garden is behind the school and adjoins the students’ food garden. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help at and provide science-based gardening advice to the gardeners.

St. Albans City School Farm-to-School Stewardship Project (EMG)

29 Bellows Street, St. Albans
Heather Smith, 802-524-9338, chczasmith@comcast.net

St. Albans City School teaches students in grades Pre-K through 8, and has a unique structure that places emphasis on technological and hands-on teaching skills. EMG volunteers work with teachers and students on multiple projects educating about raised bed gardening, sensory gardens, cold frame gardening, rain gardens and composting. Students have created their own butterfly garden  in the shape of a butterfly (when seen from the upper classrooms). They have also surrounded the school with gardens, and in 2017, a new complete composting system was put into place.

The Taylor Park Flower & Rain Demo Garden (EMG)

2 Church Rd, St. Albans
Kelly Wakefield, 802-782-0958, green.feet.gardening@gmail.com

This demonstration garden is located in the heart of St. Albans. Extension Master Gardener volunteers organize planting workshops at the local greenhouse. Community members can learn about choosing seeds, planting starts, and planting the display garden. A Community Gardening Night Out BBQ is held in May to promote stewardship of the local park. Volunteers of the St. Albans Garden Club and Extension Master Gardeners join community volunteers in planting annuals and mulching the garden together.

Grand Isle County

North Hero Community Hall Demo Garden (EMG)

US Route 2, North Hero
Cathy Boyd, 732-668-8804, cmoffittboyd@yahoo.com
Betsy Jaffe, bfjaffe@gmail.com

The North Hero Community Hall is a restored, historic building in the center of North Hero which is owned by the North Hero Historical Society. There are three large pollinator friendly planting beds in front of the building. Master Gardeners design, plant and maintain these beds that include shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials. Each summer an “ Ask A Master Gardener” program is held where visitors can ask the Master Gardener volunteers questions about gardening.

North Hero Library Garden (EMG)

3195 US Route 2, North Hero
Betsy Jaffe, bfjaffe@gmail.com
Cathy Boyd, cmoffittboyd@yahoo.com

Partnering with the North Hero Library, EMG volunteers offer demonstrations and hands-on projects, building and filling the raised bed, soil testing, planting, and discussions of how the plants were chosen. A discussion session/lecture will precede each of these work days, and we anticipate ongoing discussions questions as the garden grows.

Lamoille County

Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD) Waste Warriors & Composting Series (VMC)

29 Sunset Dr # 5, Morrisville
Elly Ventura, 802-888-7317, outreach@lrswmd.org

The objective of the Lamoille Waste Warriors (WW) volunteer program is to interact with community members and educate them about the Universal Recycling & Composting law. Interactions will take place at LRSWMD transfer stations and at community events. Community outreach and education are increasingly important since transfer stations are required to collect food scraps. Volunteers in the Waste Warriors program provide education to the community to support the services and efforts of LRSWMD with an emphasis on food waste diversion. By incorporating Master Composters into the Waste Warriors program, community members have access to information not only regarding properly sorting food waste for disposal at the transfer station, but also regarding home compost systems. Trainings are held periodically throughout the year. Contact Elly if you are interested in getting involved.

Orange County

Justin Morrill Homestead Demo Garden (EMG)

Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford
Alma Zwikelmaier, 802 649-2940, aj.zwik.77@gmail.com

The Justin Morrill Homestead is a state-owned historic site, and the home and ornamental farm of Vermont Senator Justin Morrill. The site is maintained by The Friends of the Morrill Homestead and houses an EMG demonstration garden, several annual and perennial beds, trees, and fruit and nut orchards. EMG volunteers work with the Landscape Historian and Head Gardener on educating visitors and planning the gardens. View a video highlight of this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFdf2xNYplw.

Marvin Newton House Historic Demo Garden (EMG)

8 Ridge Road, Brookfield
Sid McLam, 802-728-5722, jamnsam524@gmail.com

The Marvin Newton House is a historic house museum on Vermont's Registry. The Brookfield Historical Society works to research, collect, and preserve historical artifacts and information of Brookfield, VT. This historical demonstration garden is housed at the Marvin Newton House. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help to  to clearly identify and label the plants of the garden for visitors. Volunteers are needed to help us place plant markers  to identify the historically accurate plants as well as help with educational tours, ask a master gardener tables, and with upgrades to the gardens to keep them historically accurate and educate the public on Vermont's gardening past.

Samuel Morey Elementary School Garden (EMG)

214 School Street, Fairlee
Jacqueline Allen, 203-253-4871, allenjaci@gmail.com
Barb Curran

This is a school garden in Fairlee.Horticulture education is integrated into the curriculum for each grade at the school. Extension Master Gardener volunteers mentor elementary school classes in themed garden projects at the Samuel Morey Elementary School.

Orleans County

Barton Giving Garden (EMG)

100 Church Street, Barton
Sue Lucas, 802-871-5498, bartoncommunitygivinggardenemg@gmail.com

Barton Giving Garden serves to provide opportunities for people to grow food for the town by donation, increase healthy activity, get to know neighbors, learn from each other, create a productive garden and beautiful gathering place of common concern. EMG  activities range from presentations, (compost tea) classes, (learn basic cooking or seed saving) hands-on projects, (digging potatoes) outreach events,
(garden open house) and we are even prepared to hold classes in our very own classroom in the event of rain.

Barton Community Giving Garden Composting (VMC)

100 Church Street, Barton
Sue Lucas, 802-871-5498, bartoncommunitygivinggardenemg@gmail.com

Barton Community Giving Garden Composting project provides opportunities for people to learn from presentations, (compost tea, composting) hands-on projects, and outreach events.  Volunteers will provide composting presentations, hands on construction of compost bins and community outreach, create best practice information sheets for distribution, and tabling at events.

Community Seed Exchange at Barton Public Library (EMG)

100 Church Street, Barton
Pam Kennedy, 802-525-9725, pamkenn@gmail.com or nekseeds@gmail.com

The Seed Exchange is a free and public program based at the Barton Public Library, which encourages resients of the area to share, save, and plant seeds. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help organize educational events informing the public about plant diseases and the importance of saving seeds.

Rutland County

Boy With a Boot Garden

North Main Street, Wallingford
Anne Awad, anneawad@comcast.net

At the historic Boy With Boot Sculpture Garden in the center of Wallingford, EMG volunteers will work in collaboration with the Wallingford Library and the Town of Wallingford. The educational program will focus on gardening changes for sustainability: composting and soil amendment, using pollinator plants, native plants, and plants needing less intensive watering. Volunteers will be asked to talk with others about joining the efforts to restore the garden area, share native plants from their own gardens, assist in set-up and participate in the educational sessions at the library, and donate native perennials to the annual plant sale which benefits the library.

Garden In Every Town in Rutland County (EMG)

Margery Salmon, 802-492-3315, salmonm@vermontel.net
Judy Nevin, 802-359-2443, jbnevin@gmail.com

The project goal is to create demonstration gardens in each town in Rutland County so that the public may visit to learn about bed and soil preparation, plant culture, and care of plants. Signs and take home informational fliers are be provided as the gardens change throughout the growing season, with the intent that visitors will be inspired to start their own home gardens.

Rutland Chapter Ask-A-Master Gardener Tables (EMG & VMC)

Margery Salmon, 802-492-3315, salmonm@vermontel.net
Judy Nevin, 802-359-2443, jbnevin@gmail.com

At Ask a Master Gardener Tables, Extension Master Gardener volunteers set up, staff, and prepare displays and presentations on gardening topics.  It rotates to various public venues. Extension Master Gardener volunteers set up and staff the tables to share scientific, evidence-based horticulture literature and develop interactive displays. 

Rutland Chapter EMG Facebook Community (EMG & VMC)

Sarah Gallagher, 802-310-9647, sirjane320@yahoo.com
Meabh Fitzpatrick, 802-683-4812, meabh.fitzpatrick@gmail.com

This is the Rutland Extension Master Gardener Chapter (local EMG Club) Facebook Outreach project. Extension Master Gardener volunteers post science-based gardening articles and horticulture events, as well as photos of local Master Gardener Chapter events. See: https://www.facebook.com/RutlandChapterExtensionMasterGardeners.

Rutland Chapter Plant Sale (EMG)

1 Deer Street, Rutland
Jerri Hoffman, 802-235-2279, jerrihoffman@vermontel.net
Patti Westburg, 802-353-6976, pdwestburg@comcast.net

This is the Rutland Extension Master Gardener Chapter's (local EMG Club) plant sale fundraiser. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help to dig plants and tend them before the sale. During the sale, they help to promote, set up, and staff the EMG informational table  providing plant care advice, and science-based gardening advice.

Trailhead Demo Gardens at Pine Hill Park (EMG)

2 Oak Street Extension, Rutland
Charlene Clifford, 802-438-5113, charleneclifford@comcast.net

This is an EMG demonstration garden at the trailhead of Pine Hill Park.  The garden is viewed by hundreds of park users. EMG volunteers work with elementary, high school, and college students to teach about gardening and to plant, weed, and mulch.

VT State Fairgrounds Demo Garden & Composting Demo & Ask A Master Gardener Table (EMG & VMC)

175 S Main Street, Rutland
Jan Sherman, 802-558-0815, gardensngadgets2@yahoo.com
Patti Westberg, 802-353-6976, pdwestburg@comcast.net
Ron Hebert (Emeritus), tjmcgary@yahoo.com

The VT State Fairgrounds has ten EMG demonstration gardens that are full of perennials, annuals, and herbs that are designed by Master Gardener volunteers with involvement from the local 4-H program. Volunteers label the plants, staff the EMG information booth and provide composting workshops throughout the duration of the 5-day fair each year. Next to the Bergtrom building EMG booth, there is a separate compost shed with educational materials and bins of compost that was made during the summer for demonstration purposes.

Wells Village School Garden (EMG)

135 VT Route 30, Wells
Fred Thompson, 802-384-0304, fredthompson.dad@gmail.com

This school garden project provides the opportunity for the students at the school to learn in both the classroom and in the garden.EMGs will help children learn gardening and gardening techniques.

Washington County

Central Chapter Facebook Page (EMG & VMC)

Wendy Alger, 802-249-5598, wenalger@gmail.com

The Central Chapter Facebook page promotes science-based information. See: https://www.facebook.com/CentralChapterExtensionMasterGardeners.

Crops By Kids at Barre Town Middle Elementary School Garden (EMG)

70 Websterville Road, Barre
Deb Curtis, 802-476-7871, curt293@charter.net
Karen Moran

Crops by Kids is a program that teaches students about nutrition, fresh produce, and plant life cycles through direct engagement with it's on site school garden. Produce is integrated into the food served in the school cafeteria and is later composted. EMGs partner with Barre town Middle and Elementary Schools in three primary areas: training teachers in gardening skills, community engagement, and maintaining the garden during summer months.

Cutler Memorial Library Demo Garden (EMG)

151 High Street, Plainfield
Robin Schunk, 802-426-3566, eschunk@fairpoint.net or newdiscoveryfarm@gmail.com

This is a his toric garden outside a 1938 library building that has been restored.  The project partners with the Library Trustees and the Friends of the Library. Extension Master Gardener volunteers provide assistance with the restoration and maintenance of historic gardens surrounding the 1938 library building.

George Aiken Native Plants Demo Garden at the Vermont State House (EMG)

115 State Street, Montpelier
Loring Starr, 802-229-0007, lstarrvt@gmail.com

This is a demonstration garden behind the Vermont State House cafteria that educates visitors about the uses of native plants. EMG volunteers work on eduating vistors to the statehouse about invasive plants through garden tours, events and signage about invasive plants. The garden design was created by noted landscape designer, Jean Vissering. The focus is on educating and inspiring Vermont residents to use VT native plants in their gardens to attract and feed native birds and wildlife.

Kellogg-Hubbard Library Demo Garden (EMG & VMC)

135 Main Street, Montpelier
Debbie Clark, 802-479-9120, despres.clark@gmail.com

This is a demonstration garden located at the Kellog-Hubbard Libary in Montpelier. It is located outside the entrance to the Children's Library.  Extension Master Gardeners provide answers to questions from the public, as well as organize garden-related public programs at the library. Volunteers also help to plan the perennial garden and annual educational display at the entrance to the Children's Library.

North Branch Nature Center Pollinator Demo Garden (EMG)

713 Elm Street, Montpelier
Sandy Parr, 802-224-0451, asiv@comcast.net
Clara Gilbertson, 802-223-3760, cgilbertson2000@yahoo.com

This is a educational pollinator garden at the North Branch Nature Center is a 28-acre nature reserve and non-profit educational organization. It is located along the Winooski River and provides nature programs, and events for those interested in learning more about the natural world. Extension Master Gardener volunteers are developing several things on this site including a bird sanctuary, native flower gardens and a pollinator garden. With the help of the Central Vermont Solid Waste District, the old composting operation is being transformed into a complete hot compost system. EMG volunteers work with school children and community volunteers teaching the importance of pollinators. The Central EMG chapter also hosts EMG public educational events here. In association with CVSWMD, the NBNC compost project has been redesigned and rebuilt for the use of members of NBNC, and used as a training facility for the public as well as the NBNC members. It is comprised of 3 wooden sections, a rotating drum composter, as well as piles of woodchips, and in the future, more compostables to be used in the system.

Northfield Promise Community Playground (EMG)

22 Burnham Road, Northfield
Bonnie Kirn Donahue, (802) 238-8138, bonniekirn@gmail.com

This is a community playground. Volunteers help by posting information by and references to the UVM Extension and EMG program, including garden signage and advertising the educational playspace, we hope that exposure to EMG resources will help families think to get their gardening information from research-based home resources first - and inform them about the value of native & pollinator plants and IPM methods. Future garden programing for families/kids can also provide references to research-based resources, and provide child & family garden-classes or demonstrations on the site - perhaps working with other local master gardeners or library/preschool/daycare/afterschool programs to teach kids and their families about sustainable gardening.

Veteran's Place Garden (EMG)

220 Vine Street, Northfield
Liz Parker, (301) 395-4810, parkermande@gmail.com

This project educates Veterans on about designing, installing, planting, harvesting and maintaining a vegetable garden to provide food for the day program at Veteran's Place.

Windham County (includes Southeast Chapter activities)

Brattleboro Farmers Market Ask A Master Gardener Table (EMG & VMC)

Western Avenue, Brattleboro
Fiona Cook, 802-254-3403, fionascook@hotmail.com

This is an Ask a Master Gardener informational table at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market. Extension Master Gardener volunteers set up, staff, and prepare displays and presentations on gardening topics.

Dummerston Demo Rain Garden (EMG)

2891 West River Road, Dummerston
Kate Harris, kateharris144@gmail.com

This is a demonstration Rain Garden in Dummerston. Extension Master Gardener volunteers provide educational presentations on rain gardens, and planning and selecting plants for the gardens and advice on maintence.

Fourth Corner Foundation Eco Demo Garden (EMG)

578 Hitchcock Hill Road, Windham
Steven Fellows, 603-675-9123, gardenmaster58@gmail.com

Visitors to the Fourth Corner Foundation are introduced to an ecological planting design created by participants in a workshop with Claudia West that focuses on wild plant communities based in ecological science. The garden helps visitors and volunteers understand science based plant design. Monthly botanical workshops have been offered.

Marlboro Fair Ask A Master Gardener Table at The Old Muster Ground (EMG & VMC)

Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro
Fiona Cook, 802-254-3403, fionascook@hotmail.com

This is a Windham Ask a Master Gardener informational table at the Marlboro Fair. Extension Master Gardener volunteers set up, staff, and prepare displays and presentations on gardening topics.

Parks Place Demo Garden (EMG)

44 School Street, Bellows Falls
Lori Miller, 802-722-9854, dlmillervt@gmail.com

This is a demonstration garden at Parks Place, a non-profit organization the provides garden space for Extension Master Gardener volunteers to help design, plant, and work with local school aged children to mentor and teach perennial and annual gardening.

Retreat Farm Children's Garden (EMG)

45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro
Emma Schneider, 763-898-0775, emmaschneider17@gmail.com

The children’s garden at the Retreat Farm is an educational project - one where the public is invited to ask questions & seek garden answers through scheduled programs and events and drop-in visits. EMG’s & farm staff are open to discussion & start conversations with visitors as they work in the small demonstration garden (pumpkin patch, pizza garden, three sisters plant). EMGs co-teach gardening education programs with Retreat Farm staff. This a demonstration children's garden. We reach the families, teachers, and children who visit Retreat Farm. We hope to raise interest in vegetable gardening, increase vegetable consumption and physical activity, and teach sustainable food practices.

South Windsor/Windham Solid Waste District Composting (VMC)

327 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro
Ham Gillett, 802-674-4474, hgillett@swcrpc.org

Staff conduct outreach at transfer stations, farmers markets, and other events to promote food scrap diversion and compliance with Act 148. This project is trying to reach any and all residents within district towns to promote backyard composting awareness and the district food scrap collection program, have outreach tables at local farmers markets, and conduct workshops at community centers. There may be the opportunity for a volunteer to help with school composting  efforts as well. The District needs motivated volunteers to help educate community members about the variety of methods to keep food scraps out of the trash, including backyard composting and utilizing the district's food scrap collection program.

Southeast Chapter Facebook Page (EMG & VMC)


This is the Windham Master Gardener Chapter Facebook outreach project. Extension Master Gardener volunteers post articles, photos of chapter events,  and science-based horticulture information. See: https://www.facebook.com/SoutheastChapterExtensionMasterGardeners.

Vermont Wildlife Festival Ask A Master Gardener Table at Mount Snow (EMG & VMC)

39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover
Fiona Cook, 802-254-3403, fionascook@hotmail.com

This is a Windham Ask a Master Gardener informational table at the Southern VT Wildlife Festival. EMG volutneers set up, staff, and prepare displays and presentations on gardening topics.

Windsor County

First Congregational Church Garden & Compost Demo (EMG & VMC)

10 Station Road, Hartland
Nancy Kenison, 802-457-3996, nancyjkenison@gmail.com
Gloria Hammond, 802-295-3749, philip_hammond@comcast.net

This is a demonstration garden at the First Congregational Church in Windsor. Extension Master Gardener volunteers provide information on landscaping, design, soil amending and help with the garden master planning.

Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District Composting (VMC)

Ham Gillett, 802-674-4474, hgillett@swcrpc.org

Staff conduct outreach at transfer stations, farmers markets, and other events to promote food scrap diversion and compliance with Act 148. The project is trying to reach any and all residents within district towns to promote backyard composting awareness and the district food scrap collection program, have outreach tables at local farmers markets, and conduct workshops at community centers. There may be the opportunity for a volunteer to help with school composting  efforts as well. The District needs motivated volunteers to help educate community members about the vatiety of methods to keep food scraps out of the trash, including backyard composting and utilizing the district's food scrap collection program.

Hartford Transfer/Recycling Center Demo Gardens (EMG)

2590 North Hartland Road, White River Junction
Bob Little Tree, 603-252-8046, danceatctm@comcast.net

A small demonstration garden at the Hartford Transfer/Recycling Center.  The focus is to create a shade demo garden. EMG volunteers assist in planting the garden and also help with plant identification. Windsor Chapter (local EMG club) also holds an annual fundraiser Plant Sale here. Project is tentatively moving due to town plans to demolish adjacent building.

Hartland Library Herb Garden Demo (EMG)

153 US Route 5, Hartland
Peg Solon, margaret_solon@hms.harvard.edu  

This is an EMG herb demonstration garden at the Hartland Library. Extension Master Gardener volunteers coordinate herb walks for identification, and demonstrate how to use herbs. Educational presentations include slides or video elements through the library community room. Extension Master Gardener volunteers also field questions from community gardeners in adjacent plots.

Howard Dean Education Center Garden & Compost Demo (EMG & VMC)

307 South Street, Springfield
Michele Delhaye, 802-463-4053, Vtgardendzn@gmail.com

This is a demonstration flower garden at the Howard Dean Education Center. Extension Master Gardener volunteers collaborate with the River Valley Tech Center to develop new beds and identify plants for public viewing.

Ludlow Area Community Garden (EMG & VMC)

611 Route 103 South, Ludlow
Phil Carter, 802-228-7445, phil369@tds.net

This is a community garden consisting of 50 plots in Ludlow. Extension Master Gardener volunteers assist with educational postings on the community garden's bulletin board, as well as sharing science based gardening information with gardeners in person, and providing workshops at the site.

Sharon Elementary School (VMC)

75 VT Route 132, Sharon
Cat Buxton, 802-359-3330, catduffybuxton@gmail.com

Sharon Elementary School's composting system is managed daily during the school year by students and two lead teachers. Master Compost volunteers offer support to the school throughout the year which may include troubleshooting problems, securing and transporting feedstock materials, turning bins, and moving compost windrows. There is room for greater involvement as the school becomes more adept at integrating the system into the school community.

Southeast Chapter Ask A Master Gardener Table at Windham County NRCD Plant Sale (EMG)

2500 Hartland Road, Hartford
Susan Still, susanstill7@gmail.com

EMG volunteers staff an informational table at this annual sale to provide plant care and science-based gardening advice.

Springfield Recycling Center Garden Demo (EMG)

135 Fairground Road, Springfield
Carol Bacon, 802-886-4888, carol_bacon@comcast.net

This is a demonstration garden at the Springfield Recycling Center. Extension Master Gardener volunteers educate, lead tours and answer questions at this native plant and rain garden demo. EMG's can volunteer here on Saturday mornings.

Thetford Elementary School Hot Compost (VMC)

2689 VT Route 113, Thetford
Cat Buxton, 802-359-3330, catduffybuxton@gmail.com

Thetford Elementary has been composting all of their food scraps since 2011, 100-200lbs/week including meat and bones. The school system has served as a model bin-compost facility for schools throughout the state. Master Composters who sign on to this project have the opportunity to gain all of the skills to design a hot compost system, to manage hot compost and curing windrows, to understand recipe development, participate in data collection, and learn how to integrate such a system into the culture of the school. The role of the MC is to offer support for the teaching staff, and be a part of the school's GREEN TEAM, and be available onsite during the compost maintenance times to support or to fill in on the days when the school is unable to manage it. Ideally the MC's would be available during school recess times, roughly 11:30-1pm on a regular basis. The MC could additionally take on projects that would help the school solidify the process into the school culture such as creating instructional signs or other materials or systems that will improve the overall TES compost project.

Upper Valley Haven Edible Demo Garden (EMG)

713 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction
Faith Alexandre, 802-333-3291, falexandre@gmail.com

This is a edible fruit and veggie demonstration garden at the Upper Valley Haven. Extension Master Gardener volunteers may prune fruit trees and shrubs, plant and harvest kitchen gardens, and educate visitors using the Haven's services. he fruits and vegetables grown at the Haven are used in the shelters, and made available to the more than 1,100 families a month who visit the Haven's Food Shelf.

Willing Hands Demo Garden (EMG)

198 Church Street, Norwich
Bartlett Leber, 617-429-7041, Bartlettleber@gmail.com

This is a community garden project run by the Willing Hands non-profit. Extension Master Gardener volunteers help to plant, harvest, and distribute food to those in need throughout the Upper Valley.

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