Rutgers Master Gardener Program
What Is A Master Gardener?
What Kinds of Things Do Master Gardeners Do?
New Jersey Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public. Anyone with an interest in gardening and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener. No previous education or training in horticulture is required.
What Kind of Training Do Master Gardeners Receive?
New Jersey Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey faculty and professional staff. Some basic topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, and disease and pest control. There is a fee to cover material and program costs. (Scholarships are available.) In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners agree to volunteer a certain number of hours, working in their community in programs sponsored by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension. Successful graduates of the training become Certified Master Gardeners after they complete their volunteer service.
New Jersey Master Gardeners use their skills in a variety of areas, including:
If you are interesting in becoming a Rutgers Master Gardener, please contact:
- Gardening demonstrations
- Telephone Helpline and Plant Clinics
- Community and youth gardening
- Horticultural therapy
- Information booths at county fairs and other public events
- Research assistance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Harvesting and packing food for the hungry
Home Horticultural Program Assistant
Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Extension Education Center
291 Morton Ave.
Millville, NJ 08332-9776