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What is an Extension Master Gardener?

Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) are trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Extension office to extend information throughout their community. They receive yearly, in-depth training, enabling them to provide accurate, research-based information to answer clientele's gardening questions.

The first Master Gardener program was started by University of Washington Cooperative Extension in 1972. The concept quickly spread throughout the US and Canada.

Find a Nebraska Extension EMG training site near you - Training Sites.

Outside Nebraska, contact your local Extension Office to find a program near you.

Apply to Become an Extension Master Gardener

The Extension Master Gardener program’s goal is to provide Nebraskans with the knowledge they need to create and maintain beautiful, healthy, sustainable landscapes, while conserving water, and protecting themselves and the natural environment from exposure to improperly applied or excessive amounts of pesticides and fertilizers.

Become an Extension Master Gardener

2022 Lancaster County EMG Impacts

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EMGs and horticulture staff answered over 5,400 questions for phone, email and walk-in clients, providing research-based gardening information. 

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EMGs completed 3,207 volunteer hours. A $88,000.00 value to their communities. Based on the 2022 Independent Sector volunteer valuation for Nebraska of $27.44/hour. 

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EMGs volunteered at the Lincoln, NE City Mission Garden and other donation garden sites, harvesting 1,826 pounds of vegetables and herbs for food-insecure audiences.

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EMGs delivered 10 programs, reaching over 1,444 adults, including 3 East Campus Discovery Days.

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