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Georgia Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners

FAQs about Being a Master Gardener

I AM A NEW MASTER GARDENER TRAINEE. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BECOME A CERTIFIED MGEV?

Complete 50 hours of volunteer time on Extension approved projects. You can find a list of approved projects within MGLOG. Don’t forget to report your volunteer hours through MGLOG (if you need a user name and password, contact your local coordinator).

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO EACH YEAR TO REMAIN AN ACTIVE MASTER GARDENER?

To remain an active MGEV after the first year, you need to volunteer 25 hours on Extension approved projects. You can find a list of approved projects within MGLOG. Don’t forget to report your volunteer hours through MGLOG! MGEVs are encouraged to continue learning and keeping their information current by seeking at least 6 hours of continuing education annually. These hours can also be recorded in MGLOG.

WHAT SORT OF RECOGNITION IS AVAILABLE FOR MGEVS WHO ARE ACTIVE WITH THE PROGRAM?

Recognition for years of service to the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program is awarded in 5-year increments. Service recognition is provided in the form of certificates and specially designated name badge sleeves. Recognition sleeves are available in 5-year, 10-year/Lifetime, 15-year/Lifetime, and 20-year/Lifetime. Certificates are available for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 30-year recognitions.

MGEV can also work toward recognition for additional training, such as through the Star Program. The Star Program includes two levels of recognition, Silver Star and Gold Star, for volunteers who meet specific Advanced Training criteria.

All Georgia MGEVs who have received recognition are still obligated to report 25 hours of service annually to keep active status.

I AM NOT ABLE TO FULFILL THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE REQUIREMENT THIS YEAR, BUT I WANT TO REMAIN A MGEV. WHAT CAN I DO?

MGEVs who are unable to meet the 25-hour annual volunteer service requirement can request INACTIVE status for up to two consecutive years. Contact the local program coordinator to update your status within MGLOG. When you are able to return to active status, contact your local program coordinator. You may be required to update your Volunteer Agreement, complete background screening, and participate in update training before volunteer service can begin again. Years of inactive status do not count toward service recognitions.

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