Harnett County, North Carolina
 
Cooperative Extension 
 
Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Harnett County Master Gardener

Volunteer Program

Mission Statement

The Harnett County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) are trained in home gardening by Harnett County's Horticulture Agent, Gary Pierce. MGVs share what they learn with residents of all ages through activities that promote healthy landscapes, productive gardens and a safe environment.

Who Volunteers?

Individuals with an interest in both gardening and volunteer service are potential candidates for the program. No previous formal training is necessary.

Volunteer training is held during the day. Most volunteer opportunities are available during the day or on weekends.

Training

Usually held once a year in Lillington. Initial training consists of 40 hours of mostly classroom and some field training. A fee (approx. $60) is charged to cover literature including The North Carolina Master Gardener Training Manual. A proficiency test is given at the end of the 40-hour course.

Topics

  • Indoor Plants
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Fruit Production
  • Lawns
  • Soil & Fertilizers
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Pruning
  • Landscape Design
  • ...And many other topics.

Volunteering

First year volunteers perform one hour of volunteer time for each hour of training received. During the second year, and each year thereafter, volunteers donate 20 hours per year. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Develop resources like the Harnett County Horticulture Resource Guide
  • Master Gardener Lab
  • Demonstration Gardens
  • Community Visits & Festivals (Outreach)
  • Advanced Master Gardner training classes and field trips
  • ...And many more!


Master Gardener classes begin in February. For additional information about Home Gardening please contact Gary Pierce, Horticulture Agent.

Call: 910-893-7530

Write: P. O. Box 1089

Lillington, NC 27546

Email: gpierce@harnett.org