The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program is a UT Extension program that trains volunteers to provide the public with research-based information on lawn and garden topics. TEMGs are volunteers who have a love of plants and horticulture coupled with Extension training to equip them to teach and assist Tennessee residents.
A Tennessee Extension Master Gardener is a trained, skilled, passionate and dedicated volunteer member of the Tennessee Extension team who provides horticultural education to his or her community. TEMG volunteers provide a critical link between current horticulture research, Tennessee Extension personnel and the residents of Tennessee. They fill a vital role in broadening the impact of Tennessee Extension by carrying out a wide range of horticultural training and teaching to improve the lives of citizens across Tennessee.
Currently, there are almost 40 TEMG groups around Tennessee with a dedicated volunteer base of over 2,250 active TEMGs. Volunteer hours donated to Tennessee Extension by TEMG volunteers totaled over 168,700 hours in 2015 and represented a value to Tennessee Extension and the state of Tennessee of over $3,495,980.
Your active participation in this volunteer service program can produce excellent benefi for two important reasons. First, you possess a passion for learning about horticulture and sharing your knowledge with others, and this is theour program. Second, TEMG is based on the research and outreach expertise of Tennessee Extension professionals across the state. The dedication and experience of volunteers combined with the resources and information of Extension can have an exceptional impact .
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