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NC State Extension

Master Gardener Volunteers Making A Difference

Working with their local N.C. Cooperative Extension county agent, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers empower residents to cultivate healthy gardens, landscapes, and ecosystems through safe, effective, and sustainable gardening practices.


Master Gardener volunteers in Caldwell County hosted a cooking workshop at Unity Park and Community Gardens in Lenoir.

Impact Stories

Learn how Master Gardener volunteers are making a difference across North Carolina.

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Master Gardener volunteers:

  • Enhance local food security through sustainable home vegetable gardening
  • Beautify yards and neighborhoods while protecting water quality and conserving natural resources
  • Create habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife
  • Connect children and families with nature
  • Cultivate environmental stewardship
  • Promote health and well-being through gardening, better nutrition and increased physical activity
Students look at plants

Students explore science at the Wilson Botanical Gardens STEM Garden.

Annual Reports

2019 Extension Master Gardener program annual report

The Extension Master Gardener Program operates in 84 of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s 101 county centers. Contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension county center to connect with Extension Master Gardener volunteers in your community.