2022 Annual Report


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Louisiana has an estimated 625,800 home gardens with a projected annual value of more than $334.8 million (2019 Louisiana Summary). There are also countless home landscapes requiring maintenance and development that relates to an ever- increasing need by consumers for horticulture information, training and timely access to the LSU AgCenter. The Louisiana Master Gardener (LMG) Program provides a network of volunteer support that strengthens and expands the capacity of the LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service to effectively meet the educational needs of home gardeners in Louisiana. The program follows traditional Master Gardener format patterned after that of most states where volunteers complete the standardized LMG training course and return 40 hours of volunteer service the first year and 20 hours each year thereafter as gardening educators. The Louisiana Master Gardener program is administered and coordinated by LSU AgCenter Extension faculty who provide training and support to Master Gardener volunteer education and service projects that meet local parish needs.

LMG Graduates & Registered Volunteers per LMG Program

LMG Program Graduates # Registered Volunteers
Ascension 0 73
Beauregard 4 18
Cameron 0 12
Cenla 14 54
Darbonne 0 11
Delta 12 10
Downriver 17 23
EBR 0 307
Feliciana 21 41
Grant/LaSalle 16 21
Lafayette 34 203
LaTerre 10 77
Livingston 35 16
Natchitoches 0 27
North Central 0 43
Northeast 18 39
Northwest 21 325
MGGNO 45 219
Piney Hills 17 76
Pointe Coupee 0 21
River Region 0 28
River Ridge 0 12
Sabine 0 35
Southwest 6 60
St. Tammany 28 309
Tangipahoa 12 50
Washington 0 20
Westside 9 21
Winn 0 18
Totals 319 2,169


The Louisiana Master Gardener program was started in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1994 as a means of extending the educational outreach of the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. This pilot program was so successful that Master Gardener programs were started in 1998 in all the major metropolitan areas of Louisiana. Now in its 24th year statewide, there are 30 Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer training programs to reach participants throughout Louisiana. This LSU AgCenter signature program interacts with Habitat for Humanity, garden clubs and foundations, parish beautification programs, local farmers markets, school and community gardening programs, food banks, community and faith-based organizations, local master gardener associations, and Master Gardener programs in other states.

Volunteer Hours per Activity

Activity Total Hours
4-H and Other Youth Activities 2,883
Civic and Community Activities 44,561
Extension Activities 14,675
LMG Teaching Activities 3,802
Continuing Education 774
Meetings – Business and Administrative 10,263
Total Volunteer Hours Reported 76,961


The increased need for consumer horticulture information and enhanced accessibility to the LSU AgCenter has proven that highly trained LMG volunteers presenting researched based information are recognized in their community as an important and critical resource for gardening education. In 2022, the Louisiana Master Gardener Program trained 319 new volunteers that increased the active number of LMG volunteers statewide to over 2,100. These volunteers donated 76,961 hours of their time to Extension horticulture education and service. Through the efforts of these volunteers, residents in Louisiana were provided research-based, consumer horticulture information and training. Additionally, volunteers continued their education by completing over 18,000 continuing education units (CEUs) in 2022.

LMG Program Impact/5 Year Average

Year Active Volunteers (Reporting) Mass Contacts Service Hours Impact $
2018 1,410 2,333,021 77,035 2,220,452
2019 1,564 2,550,036 84,304 2,477,198
2020 1,318 1,751,409 39,788 1,203,143
2021 1,630 1,502,098 54,477 1,631,586
2022 2,169 1,108,707 76,961 2,304,981
5 Year Average 1,618 1,849,05466,513

LMG Volunteer Contribution

Louisiana Master Gardeners Trained in 2022 319
LMGs Returning from Previous Years (# Reporting) 2,169
Active LMGs (# Registered in LMG Reporting Site) 2,436
Volunteer Retention (#Reporting/#Registered) 89%
Volunteer Service Hours for 2022 76,961
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Value 39.31
Average Individual LMG Hours 32
Value of Volunteer Hours @ $29.95/hr $2,304,981
Total Volunteer Contacts (Mass Contacts) 1,108,707
Total Volunteer Contacts (Individual Contacts) 597,427
Average LMG Contacts (Mass Contacts) 786
CEU Hours for 2022 18,890
Average Individual CEU (6 hrs per LMG required) 8
LMG Mileage for 2022 (All activities) 412,861
Value of LMG Mileage @ $.14 (All activities) $57,800
Unreimbursed LMG Volunteer Expenses (All activities) $49,519
Total LMG Volunteer Value for 2022 $2,412,300

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