The Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program builds on community members’ passion for gardening by providing them with environmentally sound, garden-based educational opportunities. These trained volunteers then share their knowledge with fellow community members. Through the Program, volunteers gain knowledge of, and confidence in, applying science based gardening practices and then sharing that information with members of the public, teaching others about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.
Current urban programming includes:
- Garden mentors: partnering with Grassroots Gardens of WNY to provide Master Gardener mentors to ten of their community gardens during the growing season.
- Seed to Supper: hosting a training on this Oregon State Cooperative Extension designed curriculum. The program will teach community members to grow food from seed and prioritize fresh produce as part of a budget-friendly and healthy way to build self-sufficiency. Seed to Supper participants learn new gardening and urban farming skills, work outside, and meet community members.
- Gardening workshops: offered to the public and teaching environmentally sound gardening best practices.