Program Information

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The NMSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program began in 1981 in Albuquerque. Today there are counties throughout New Mexico with an active EMG Chapter.

Each year, EMG Chapters throughout New Mexico produce knowledgeable gardeners who enjoy assisting their local Cooperative Extension Service office in providing accurate, research-based gardening information to county residents.

Within the programmatic structure of the Extension Master Gardener Program is a curriculum focused on the fundamentals of good horticultural and biological land management practices. Classes are held at varying times of the year (depending on the county) in an effort to prepare volunteers for service and keep those already trained up to date.

Program requirements include necessary procedures and specific activities (some standardized and some unique to the local community's needs). These various projects and volunteer efforts serve to drive the tangible outcomes of a highly effective volunteer program.

A successful Extension Master Gardener Program includes NMSU specialists, County Agents, and especially Volunteer Gardeners who wish to share their expertise with others while being involved in something they enjoy.

Some counties use Extension Master Gardeners extensively and teach classes annually. Other county agents find that the program is more sustainable if it is taught once every two to three years.

If you are interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener, contact your Cooperative Extension Office or an active Extension Master Gardeners Chapter near you.