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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do members of the Burke MGVA do?


Our members serve as volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. Our mission is to support Extension horticulture and education outreach programs throughout Burke County with our volunteer activities. 


What is required of a Master Gardener Volunteer?


Master Gardener Volunteers in Burke County have attended 50 hours of formal instruction and have committed 40 hours of volunteer service to the community during the year that they graduate. On-going membership requires at least 20 hours annually of volunteer work.

Burke Master Gardeners volunteering

at Drexel Fair, 2013

In what type of community projects are Burke Master Gardeners involved?


Take a look at our Gallery of pictures and you'll get a good idea of the type of projects and events in which we participate. From the building and maintenance of demonstration gardens at the Catawba Meadows Archaeological Interpretive Center, to the building and maintenance of the community gardens and cisterns at the Burke Extension Center; from participating in horticultural events at local fairs and festivals, to working with schools and libraries and other non-profit organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity and Burke Hospice), you can find evidence of our involvement in Burke County horticultural community activities. We love what we do!! Join up with us, and you'll love it, too.

How do I become as Master Gardener Volunteer?

First of all, check out this document. Then, if you need more information, call NC Cooperative Extension, Burke Center at (828) 439-4460. You may also complete the form on the right, to include a short message; then click SEND. If you'd like a return phone call, please provide your phone number in the message text.


You can also visit the Extension office, located at:


130 Ammons Drive, Suite 2MorgantonNC 28655

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About Us The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (EMGVA) of Burke County is a volunteer non-profit organization based in Morganton, NC. Extension Master Gardener programs are active in all 50 states, in four Canadian provinces, and in most of North Carolina's counties. Our group is affiliated with NC Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center. Our members come from all walks of life, and from many parts of the United States. For more information about our organization and to learn how to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, check out the FAQ page.

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