The Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Tompkins County is NOW ACCEPTING 
APPLICATIONS for our 2018-2019 cohort
Do you love plants and people? Master Gardener Volunteers are working to make a 
more livable, equitable, and vibrant Tompkins County through gardening. Master 
Gardeners are students, teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, working folks, 
retired people, and anyone else you can imagine. All you need is a love for 
gardening, some time to volunteer, and a willingness to complete the training.
Master Gardener trainees should have a basic knowledge of, or interest in, 
gardening; enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing horticultural knowledge and 
skills; good communications skills; and a willingness and free time to 
participate in volunteer educational activities. Master Gardener training is 
offered every other year and will be held again from September 2018-May 2019. 
Workshops are interactive and hands on. They will be held one Saturday each 
month from 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Ithaca as well as in surrounding Counties. 
Transportation to the out of town workshops is available from our Extension 
Volunteers complete a written application, followed by an interview with 
members of our horticulture staff. Priority for selection is given to Tompkins 
County residents. Scholarships and a sliding scale are available to remove any 
financial barriers to participation. This year we are also offering two 
scholarships that are exclusively for members of community gardens.  In return, 
you commit to volunteering 80 hours over the following two years.  Master 
Gardeners love to be part of a community of enthusiastic gardeners committed to 
community service.
If you are interested in becoming a Tompkins County Master Gardener, please 
fill out an application at and return it to 
the contact listed below by August 13, 2018.  Interviews will be conducted 
during the last two weeks of August. For more information, contact Horticulture 
Program Manager Jennie Cramer at<> or 
Cornell Cooperative Extension | Master Gardener 
What is the Master Gardener Volunteer Program?The Master Gardener Volunteer 
(MGV) Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in 
partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand 
garden-based educational outreach throughout the community by providing home 
and c...

Jennie Cramer
Horticulture Program Manager
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 146<>

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." -Audrey Hepburn

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