Master Gardener Programs
New Mexico Master Gardeners are knowledgeable gardeners who assist their local Cooperative Extension Service office in providing accurate, research-based gardening information to county residents. The NMSU Cooperative Extension Service provides classes in late winter and spring to prepare volunteers for service. Master Gardeners work in association with and under the guidance of the local Cooperative Extension Service agent. Master Gardeners volunteer to assist homeowners with their questions, teach garden clubs, community organizations, and other non-commercial horticulture groups.
The New Mexico Master Gardener Program began in 1981 in Albuquerque. In 2004 there are 14 counties in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation Extension Service with active Master Gardener programs. Some counties use Master Gardeners extensively and teach classes annually. Other county agents find that the program is more sustainable in their county if it is taught once every two years.
If you are interested in becoming a New Mexico Master Gardener, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service office to find a program active near you.
Below are the counties in New Mexico that currently have active Master Gardener Programs.
To be a Bernalillo County Master Gardener, you need a combination of volunteer and gardening experience, preferably in the Albuquerque area. You must attend a minimum of 40 hours of classes. A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service must also be completed by October 31.
Chaves County Contact Information:
Colfax County Contact Information:
Dona Ana County
Los Alamos County
Sandoval CountySandoval County Master Gardeners Web Site
San Juan County
Santa Fe County
Valencia CountyValencia County Master Gardeners Web Site