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Next In-Person Plant Sale: January 2024
Where We Garden
Located on the island of Hawai'i with administrative offices in Hilo, the East Hawai'i Master Gardener program strives to enhance the efforts of the gardening community by providing research based information and promoting sustainable horticultural practices.
Our climate zones range from the warm, dry desert of Ka'u to the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This diverse topography allows us to enjoy an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables year round, yet challenges us to manage the pests and diseases that threaten to destroy our bounty.
What We Do
The gardeners we serve are no less diverse than the plants they grow, and we are fortunate to have a wealth of historical knowledge available to us in addition to the latest research. While the County Extension Agents and UH research personnel provide us with resources and expertise, we often learn along with, and many times from, the wonderful folks we serve.
Master Gardeners expand the outreach efforts of the Cooperative Extension Service by interacting with the gardening public in a variety of ways:
- Master Gardener Helpline
- Demonstration Plots
- Ethnobotanical garden development at Wailoa
- Information booths at fairs and farmers’ markets
- CTAHR Open House events
- Educational programs for gardening groups (school age to seniors)
- Speakers’ Bureau
- And more!
Would You Like to Join Us?
Master Gardener volunteer training is held annually early in the spring, and consists of forty hours of class time, lectures and field trips. Master Gardener volunteers commit to serving an equal number of hours in the coming year working on the Helpline and in support of Master Gardener programs. In addition to the wealth of information always available to the Master Gardener, volunteers enjoy working, learning, and laughing together!
The 2023 Training program is closed for new applicants.
Deadline to apply for the Spring 2024 training program is October 31, 2023. Interviews for the program will occur in mid November 2023.
The program is academically based with hands on learning included. Trainings are and held February to May every year. Trainings consist of weekly lectures / labs. Lectures are given by various Extension Agents about varied topics associated with Hawaii agriculture. You have the opportunity to ask questions. Attendance is required. Optional zoom (no lab) trainings options available. There is a fee to take the training.
To become a certified Master Gardener after the training you must fulfill a commitment of 40 hours of volunteer hours within the programs various opportunities including our weekly helpline in the first year. To remain certified, there is a 30 hour volunteer commitment. See below for the commitment breakdown.
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Master Gardeners are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours per year to the community. If you are interested in the program, please fill out this Intest Form or email Russell Galanti at email@example.com. Information on the 2024 class will be available in late 2023.
How to Gain Certification
To gain Certification for the first time, interns commit to complete a total of 40 Hours in the following:
- 18 Volunteer (Helpline) Hours, which are hours exclusively dedicated to researching and responding to home gardener questions on the Helpline.
- 22 Continuing Education Hours, which are any other MG project or event that is not Helpline. Continuing Education Hours can be claimed when completing a range of ongoing projects and activities currently approved or announced to the MGs via email (e.g. workshops, lectures, demo garden, etc.).
To remain Certified, UH Master Gardeners complete 30 hours in the following:
- 9 Volunteer (Helpline) Hours, which are hours exclusively dedicated to researching and responding to home gardener questions on the Helpline.
- 21 Continuing Education Hours, which are any other MG project or event that is not Helpline. Continuing Education Hours can be claimed when completing a range of ongoing projects and activities currently approved or announced to the MGs via email (e.g. workshops, lectures, demo garden, etc.).
East Hawaii Master Gardener Bylaws
Hours are tallied from the beginning of June to the end of May the following year.