Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer – Stokes County

— Written By Bryan Hartman
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The Extension Master Gardener℠ program in Stokes County is an intensive course in consumer horticulture (residential lawns, landscapes, and garden cultivation & maintenance). In exchange for their training, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers contribute time as volunteers and work through N.C. Cooperative Extension, Stokes County Center to provide horticulture-related information to the public through classes, plant clinics, demonstration gardens, and much more.

TOPICS COVERED: Soils, Fertilizers, Organic Gardening, Botany & Plant Physiology, Plant Identification and Propagation, Attracting and Deterring Wildlife, Native and Invasive Plants, Beneficial and Pest Insects, Managing Plant Diseases & Weeds, and much much more!!!

Classes will be held October 19 through November 18, 2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1–5 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County office. The $150 will cover the Extension Master Gardener℠ program fee, Extension Garder Handbook, and supplies for the class.


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The Extension Master Gardener program in Stokes County is not… a garden club or social organization a certification program to be utilized in a job or profit-making venture (including landscape & lawn maintenance contractors; nurseries & garden centers; or landscape consultation services) a generalized class to help you gain more information about gardening, lawn care, or landscape maintenance.


Applicants need not be “experts” in gardening, horticulture, or even have a background in science! Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, all of which are relevant to our programming!

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Join a network of passionate gardeners across the state who are dedicated to learning and sharing research-based information, enhancing their communities through horticulture, and connecting people with the benefits of gardening. Become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer!Notepad and plant samples

Extension Master Gardener℠ program training prepares you to be a Master Gardener℠ volunteer. The course introduces a wide range of horticultural topics, with a focus on finding research-based information and sharing the science behind sustainable gardening practices. Initial training includes:

  • Minimum of 40 hours of instruction.
  • Taught by Extension staff and local experts.
  • Topics include soils and plant nutrients, composting, insects, Integrated Pest Management, lawns, food production, organic gardening, herbaceous, woody, native plants, wildlife, landscape design, and more.
  • Take-home or in-class, open-book exam.

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Complete Volunteer Internship

Once initial training is complete, volunteers complete a minimum 40-hour internship to learn even more about horticulture and give back to their community. During the internship, volunteers rotate through a variety of volunteer opportunities that support the educational outreach through the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County office.

Become Certified

Once the 40-hour internship has been completed the volunteer is eligible to become a Certified Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Stokes County.

Maintain Certification

In order to remain active in the program, Master Gardener℠ volunteers must meet annual recertification requirements. These vary by county, with a minimum of:

  • 20 hours of volunteer service
  • 10 hours of continuing education

If you would like more information on becoming a Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Stokes County or have questions, please contact Bryan Hartman, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent at or by phone (336) 593-8179.