The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program trains and certifies volunteers to provide community service through the local county Extension office. The program seeks to improve the lives of Tennesseans by promoting environmental stewardship, non-commercial food production, and human health and well-being through residential and consumer horticulture education delivered by a dedicated and skilled volunteer network.
UT Extension offers Master Gardener Intern Trainings that include both classroom learning (40 hours) and community service (40 hours) components. Going through these trainings certifies individuals to be a Master Gardener and able to join the local group, the Big South Fork Master Gardeners.
Certified Master Gardener volunteers assist UT Extension staff by sharing research-based information with the general public. They also offer many educational programs throughout the community and provide countless hours of volunteer service. Learn more here about the Statewide TN Master Gardener Information.