Master Gardener Training will begin in April 2024

Do you want to learn more about gardening? Do you have extra time to volunteer? Do you live in Fairfield County?   Would you like to be a part of a group that loves learning and teaching others?  Then it is time you considered being a part of the 2024 Fairfield County Master Gardener Training slated to begin on Friday, April 12, 2024 and run thru May 24, 2024.  All classes will be held on Fridays at the Fairfield County Ag Center, located at 831 College Avenue in Lancaster, OH.

You will have homework as we work our way thru the 270-page Master Gardener Manual, which covers everything from Soils to Woody Ornamentals, Fruit, Lawns and so much more.  Cost for the program is $150.00 which includes your online access as well as the Master Gardener binder.  Cost for the second participant from the same household is $70.00.   You will also be required to complete a background check thru the Ohio State University provider Sterling Talent Solutions approximate cost is $50.00.

What is the volunteer commitment?  50 hours of volunteer service is required at any of the active projects Fairfield County MGV’s are involved with currently and we are always open to new ideas!!!   You have 2 years to complete your volunteer hours, but we would like to have at least 25 hours completed in 2024. You will have the opportunity to learn more about all our active projects during our training.  We will ask that you give back 20 hours of your volunteer work at the Ag Center Project, which is the “home” of the OSU Extension in Fairfield County as a part of your volunteer commitment.

If you want to learn more about all the details of the Master Gardener Training and more about the Fairfield County Master Gardener program, please plan to attend a Master Gardener Informational session on Friday, February 23 at the Fairfield County Ag Center located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster Ohio beginning at 1:00 p.m.  At that meeting we will have the Master Gardener application packet and discuss the expectations and requirements for the 2024 Master Gardener Training.

If you are interested and want more information, please reach out to Master Gardener Coordinator Connie Smith at or Extension Educator Carrie Brown at