The purpose of the USU Extension Master Gardener program is to familiarize community- minded individuals with a broad assortment of horticulture related subjects such as soils, ornamental plants, sustainable garden practices, fruits, and vegetables in order to allow them to become more effective volunteers. To become a Master Gardener, 40 hours of volunteer service with the organization must be completed. This would involve serving with Cache County Master Gardeners on many local USU sponsored or affiliated events such as the gardeners’ market, county fair, at many local schools, 4-H, and youth programs, as well as teaching at social events upon request. Master Gardeners form close friendships and participate in many social activities together.
If you do not wish to participate in the Master Gardener organization itself, you are still welcome to participate in the class, however staying involved is greatly encouraged. Many find that becoming a certified master gardener is rewarding due to the continual educational benefits of involvement.