Question: How many hours a year do I need to maintain my active status?

Answer: 20 hours of volunteer work at one of the volunteer site locations or other approved site, plus 6 educational hours, for the calendar year January to December.


Question: What counts as educational hours?

Answer: The Jefferson County Master Gardener Chapter meets bimonthly with an educational presentation which counts for 2 hours. Other educational hours and opportunities include,  garden club meetings with speakers, garden symposiums, annual Master Gardener conference and other gardening events.


Question: If I attend the Level I training, how many classes can I miss?

Answer: You are allowed to miss two classes.  All classes missed must be made up the following year.


Question: What prior knowledge do I need to enroll in a Level I class?

Answer: No prior knowledge is required.


Question: Can I start doing my volunteer hours before the Level I class ends?

Answer: Yes, actually we encourage students to start performing their hours as soon as possible. That way they will get to know existing Master Gardener’s and will have better chance of integrating into the program.