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Extension Master Gardener Program of Pitt County

How to Become a

Master Gardener℠ Volunteer in Pitt County

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Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Pitt County work with NC State Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, science-based information on sustainable gardening, lawn, and landscape practices.

Under the guidance of N.C. Cooperative Extension agents, volunteers complete an intensive (but fun), hands-on training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40-hour internship with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Pitt County. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

To help you decide if you should apply to become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Pitt County, consider these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?

No previous training is necessary to become a Master Gardener volunteer in Pitt County, just a passion for gardening and a desire to volunteer in your community. Benefits of serving as a Master Gardener volunteer in Pitt County include:

  • Learn from outstanding horticulture experts
  • Become knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of gardening subjects
  • Teach others about gardening, lawns, and landscapes
  • Help gardeners solve problems
  • Learn how to identify and diagnose common diseases and insects
  • Work with others who share your interests
  • Continue to learn through workshops, field trips, conferences, and hands-on training
  • Lead environmental education efforts in schools and neighborhoods
  • Transform yards, people, and communities


FALL 2021 Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Training Schedule

2021 EMGV Program Application – Current Due Date is July 23, 2021

Have questions or want to receive an application packet by mail?

Contact Hannah S. Smith at or by calling (252) 902-1701.