What is a Colorado Master Gardener?
Colorado Master Gardeners are trained volunteer educators who support and assist CSU Extension staff in delivering research-based gardening information. The CMG Volunteer’s audience is exclusively home gardeners. Examples of CMG volunteer activities include answering inquiries through the County Extension office, providing education, providing recommendations and troubleshooting of plant problems. CMGs also teach gardening classes, write newspaper articles, staff demonstration and information booths and assist with Open Class Horticulture competition at the El Paso County Fair. The CMG training is offered January – March, during the day on Thursdays. It is ten week training. There is an application process and a fee to become a Colorado Master Gardener volunteer.
If you are interested in learning more, please call the Extension office at 719-520-7688 and ask to be added to the CMG waiting list. In the fall, an informational session will be advertised. Plan to attend that session to learn more, meet the local staff, and tour the Extension office. Applications will be distributed at the informational meeting.
Becoming a CMG is a rewarding experience. You will learn new things, meet new people, engage with your local community and become a part of a fun, friendly and meaningful group of volunteers. In El Paso County our volunteer retention rate is consistently high, and volunteers continue with the program for many years.
For more information about the statewide Colorado Master Gardener program, visit http://cmg.colostate.edu/