How to Become a Master Gardener

General Information for Applicants

The training program will begin in mid-January and will consist of 15 weeks of core topics plus electives and hands-on workshops.

The training program follows a statewide standard curriculum and schedule of core classes. Each topic is addressed by a video presentation by a specialist and supplemented with online references and reading material that can be accessed by interns at any time during the week of a scheduled class. A weekly live online Q&A session provides the opportunity for interns to interact with specialists. Weekly quizzes can be taken online at any time during the week following a core topic presentation.

Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess adequate computer and Internet connectivity to access core classes consisting of video presentations, supplemental online reference material, and weekly live online Q&A sessions with specialists.
  2. Attend an online orientation program before the start of core classes.
  3. Pass weekly quizzes on core topics.
  4. Participate in weekly Zoom meetings with mentors.
  5. Commit to 30 hours of annual volunteer activities in Sandoval County, including 10 hours of community outreach (Helpline, Information Tables, Home Visits) for certification as a Master Gardener.
  6. Pay class fee of $175 at the time of application submittal via PayPal link on SEMG website.
  7. Class size is limited. Acceptance of applications is based on date of application, receipt of fee, and conduct of phone interview after receipt of application. If the number of applications exceeds the maximum class size, preference will be given to residents of Sandoval County.

Applicants will be contacted by phone or email after receipt of application. Details of class schedules will be provided to applicants by email as they become available.


We are sorry but applications for the 2023 Master Gardener Training Program are no longer being accepted. Check back early next fall if you are still interested.

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Upcoming Events

Dec
13
Tue
2022
1:00 pm SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council meeting. To receive the Zoom invitation please send an email to admin@sandovalmastergardeners.org.
Jan
7
Sat
2023
10:00 am Bucket Composting with Bokashi M... @ Open Space Visitor Center
Bucket Composting with Bokashi M... @ Open Space Visitor Center
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mark your calendar! Bucket Composting with Bokashi Method: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Open Space Visitors Center  Bucket Composting with Bokashi Method: Home composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. The[...]
Jan
28
Sat
2023
10:00 am Home Composting Basics @ Open Space Visitor Center
Home Composting Basics @ Open Space Visitor Center
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Home Composting Basics: January 28, 2023, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Open Space Visitor Center Home Composting Basics: Home composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. Basic composting science will be[...]
Feb
25
Sat
2023
10:00 am Sheet, Pit and Trench Composting @ Open Space Visitor Center
Sheet, Pit and Trench Composting @ Open Space Visitor Center
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mark your calendar! Sheet, Pit and Trench Composting: February 25, 2023, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Open Space Visitors Center  Registration: register@nmcomposters.org
Mar
18
Sat
2023
10:00 am Home Composting Basics @ Open Space Visitor Center
Home Composting Basics @ Open Space Visitor Center
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Home Composting Basics: March 18, 2023 — 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Open Space Visitor Center Home Composting Basics: Home composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. Basic composting science will[...]
Apr
8
Sat
2023
10:00 am Improving Desert Garden Soil @ Open Space Visitor Center
Improving Desert Garden Soil @ Open Space Visitor Center
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Improving Desert Garden Soil: April 8, 2023 — 10:00am-12 noon at the Open Space Visitors Center  Learn about soil and how the desert climate affects it. Amending desert garden soil is a continuous effort. Led[...]

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