An individual interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener (EMG) must possess the following qualifications:

  • A strong interest in horticulture and home gardening. Gardening experience is desirable but not required.
  • Willingness and availability to under- take extensive training in consumer horticulture practices.
  • Willingness and ability to provide 40 hours of horticulture-related volunteer community service.
  • Ability to communicate and share knowledge effectively and diplomatically with others.
  • Willingness to support MSU Extension staff members in providing citizens with up-to-date, science-based consumer horticulture information.