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The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program in which K-State Research and Extension "trades" classroom training for volunteer time.

Training consists of 40 to 50 hours of instruction in all aspects of horticulture. Instructors include state specialists from Kansas State University, local extension agents and local experts in specific subject matter.

After training is completed, volunteers donate an equivalent number of hours of service as was received in instruction. Service activities are coordinated by the local county extension agent. Though volunteer activities vary widely, all are educational, extension related and represent the interests of K-State Research and Extension.

Master Gardeners have become a vital part of the University's ability to provide accurate, up-to-date and research based information to our clientele.

Volunteer time during the year 2014 totaled 101,040 hours with an average of 80 hours donated per volunteer. This is equivalent to 48 full time extension staff positions and is estimated to be worth $2,109,130.