Do you have an interest in gardening? Would you like to take a basic University of Minnesota horticulture online course? Would you be willing to share your gardening knowledge and experience in your community? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you should apply to become a U of M Extension Master Gardener. Apply for the Master Gardener core course before October 1st. Apply online at then click ‘Become a Master Gardener’ and ‘Join Us’ for an online fillable application form. 

Individuals accepted into the program will start an internship that begins with a 48-hour online Master Gardener Core Course the second week of January 2023. The course will run between January and May with one of 12 new gardening topics presented each week by U of M Extension Horticulture staff. There is also an opportunity to meet with the instructor online once a week. There is a fee for the core course. A partial scholarship may be available depending on the county. 

Following the core course, interns complete 50 hours of volunteer time in their first year and 25 hours in succeeding years by working with other master gardeners in their county and/or on their own on a variety of projects that inform the public about gardening and horticulture. Volunteer projects can include horticulture days; community gardens; community education classes; youth gardening sessions; school gardens; ask a master gardener booth at the farmers’ market or county fair; newspaper columns; Facebook posts; and others. 

You can also obtain an application by contacting your local County Extension Office. 

Pine County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator, Terry Salmela, at the Pine County Courthouse Extension Office in Pine City by emailing: or calling 800-657-3813 Ext #3. 

Isanti County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator, Katie Hagen, at the Isanti County Extension Office in the Courthouse in Cambridge by emailing: or calling 763-689-1810. 

Chisago County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator, Sue Humble, in the Chisago County Extension Office in North Branch by emailing: or calling 651-277-0151. 

Kanabec County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator at the Courthouse in Mora by emailing: or call 320-679-6440. 

Mille Lacs County contact: Mille Lacs County Extension Office in Milaca at or by calling 320-983-8317.

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