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Since 1979, Master Gardener volunteers (MGVs) have been leaders in the internationally acclaimed NC State Extension Master GardenerSM (EMG) program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, Master GardenerSM volunteers provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. MGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

This document provides guidance and direction for conducting an EMG program. It seeks to clarify roles and NC State Extension policies to maximize program success while minimizing potential liability issues. This document is based in part on the Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program Handbook and on previous North Carolina Master Gardener Program Operating Procedure. N.C. Cooperative Extension agents Shawn Banks, Linda Blue, Mark Blevins, and Jeff Rieves, along with program coordinator Jo Cook, guided the development of this document. Pam Bennett, Ohio state MGV coordinator; Monica David, Illinois state MGV coordinator; Toni Fitzgerald, Washington state MGV coordinator; and Harriet Edwards, North Carolina state 4-H volunteer coordinator, reviewed and offered recommendations for strengthening the guidelines. It is a working document for agents and volunteers and includes procedures for working with an EMG Association (see appendix E).

Outstanding volunteers are critical to the success of Extension programs, and MGVs are highly valued partners. We tremendously appreciate the time, talent, experience, and wisdom that each MGV contributes to the community through this successful program.