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The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity offered by the LSU AgCenter. The program is designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile service experience for volunteers. Master Gardeners are part of the volunteer staff of the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. They provide unbiased, research-based educational assistance and programs on consumer horticulture issues to the gardening public.
The Louisiana Master Gardener program provides invaluable training and educational opportunities. The program is open to all people regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Master Gardener programs are all-volunteer programs sanctioned by land-grant institutions in each state and function as an extension of the college or university. In Louisiana, the program is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and is directed by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.
Experienced and beginning gardeners seeking up-to-date horticultural information can advance their gardening expertise and gain self-satisfaction through volunteer efforts. The volunteer aspect of the Louisiana Master Gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens of their community by using the science and art of horticulture. It allows individuals to put into practice what they know and learn.
Volunteer participants in the Master Gardener program must attend at least 80% of scheduled instruction, pass an open-book examination and volunteer a minimum of 40 hours of service to earn the title of Louisiana Master Gardener. After completing the specialized course in gardening through a local Cooperative Extension Service office, volunteer efforts assist:
Objectives of the Louisiana Master Gardener program include:
As a Master Gardener, the volunteer work, as related to horticulture for your local extension office, may consist of a variety of jobs. Because Master Gardeners bring a wealth of expertise to the program here are some jobs commonly performed by Louisiana Master Gardeners:
Master Gardeners should expect the following from the Extension Service employees who receive the volunteer support through consumer horticultural information outreach:
The Extension Service, in turn, asks the following from Master Gardeners:
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