Journal of NACAA

Online Initial Training Strengthens Master Gardener Program

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 16, Issue 2 - December 2023

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


An online training was developed to provide more accessible opportunities for participants interested in becoming Master Gardener Volunteers. The long-term training goal was to increase statewide program participation. The training was developed by the State MG Coordinator, with assistance from MSU Extension specialists. Participants viewed 40 hours of pre-recorded videos asynchronously and passed a final exam to complete the training. The program succeeded, with 431 participants completing the training and rating all aspects positively. They increased overall knowledge in home horticulture, were confident to answer garden questions, were confident to teach others recommended gardening practices, and would recommend this program.

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