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The 2021 Master Gardener Intern Program 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer educator for the Virginia Master Gardener program in the City of Chesapeake. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer educational partnership between Virginia Cooperative Extension and the citizens of the Commonwealth by providing research-based information from both Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities. The Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteer program is one of the ways Virginia Cooperative Extension teaches citizens how to beautify their communities, learn the art and science of horticulture, protect air and water quality, and maintain our environment for future generations. We are proud of the Master Gardener Volunteers who, in exchange for a university supported education in Environmental Horticulture, volunteer their time to share that information with others in their community.

The Chesapeake Master Gardener volunteer program is open to all residents of the City of Chesapeake. Potential applicants attend an orientation session or schedule a meeting with Chesapeake's Horticulture Agent. The one-hour orientation sessions are announced in local papers and on social media, including the Chesapeake Master Gardeners' Facebook page.

The training program is extensive. You will attend 50 hours+ of training covering major horticultural topics. The Master Gardener Handbook serves as the text for this training and will be a resource Actos for your use as a Master Gardener volunteer educator. The cost for this class, including the Master Gardener Handbook, is approximately $125. Classes begin in January of each calendar year, with sessions held twice weekly. Graduation is in April. Attendance for all of the classes is important; no more than three (3) classes can be missed. 

As a Master Gardener Intern you must contribute a minimum of 50 volunteer hours sharing sound horticulture information with the citizens of Chesapeake within 1 year of the completion of the training. To remain an active Master Gardener, you must contribute at least 20 volunteer hours teaching in the community and receive at least 8 hours of approved re-certification training yearly.  

Come learn more about the 2021 Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteer Program. We will be doing two orientation sessions on Tuesday, November 10 and on Tuesday, November 17 from 9 to 10:30 at the Master Gardener Trailer, 212 Holt Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

This year we are doing in-person day training in a large space Tuesdays and Thursdays starting January 5th.  We will be simultaneously doing the program with Zoom and recording it too for those days when you are under the weather.

Here is the link to Signup Genius to claim your seat (limited due to Covid restrictions). If you have not used this system before, you will need to create your own profile with your name, email address and select your password. To sign up for items you click the sign up button after each item then need to scroll down to the bottom of the whole signup and click submit and signup to complete your registration.

Link to Signup Genius

Classes are filled on a first come/first served basis, so if you are interested or if you have any questions concerning the Master Gardener program, please contact me at the Chesapeake Extension Office (382-6348). For the first part of the application click here. For the second part of the application which also must be submitted click here.

For the additional questions for 2020 click here.                                           

Sincerely,

Michael Andruczyk
Extension Agent, Horticulture

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Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.