The Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and provides the citizens of Indiana a chance to grow. The original Master Gardener program was created in 1972 in Seattle, Washington in response to the overwhelming demand for home gardening information. Indiana’s program began in 1978 with 4 participating counties. Currently, over 50 Indiana counties have active Extension Master Gardener programs.
The Program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Did you know?
In 2019, there were over 2,700 active Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Indiana, and these volunteers contributed more than 177,000 volunteer hours worth more than $4.0 million! And, there were over 500 new Purdue Extension Master Gardener interns trained in 2019.
Just some examples of Purdue Extension Master Gardener volunteer activities in local Indiana communities:
- Presenting educational programs
- Working with youth (Junior Master Gardeners, 4-H, schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.)
- Q & A Booths
- Habitat for Humanity
- Community & demonstration gardens
- Donations of produce to local food banks (i.e. From community, demo, and plant a row for the hungry)
- Hort therapy for elderly (nursing homes) & at-risk youth
- Community beautification
- And more…
To learn more about the Extension Master Gardener program in Johnson County, contact Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org 317-661-1885. You can also visit www.purdue.edu/mg-volunteer