Master Gardeners at Willoughby
After successfully completing the class work, one is designated a Master Gardener Intern. Sixty hours of volunteer work on an approved project is required in this phase, after which one is a Certified Master Gardener. Additional information on the Master Gardener program can be found by visiting the website for the official University of Illinois Extension Program.
Are you a volunteer organization or group? Please call for scheduling. Please email us for any questions or for availiability.
Become a Master Gardener Master Gardeners work at Willoughby on Wednesday mornings during the gardening season and we invite you to join us as Master Gardeners.
To become a Master Gardener, you must complete the training program. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 9 am to 4 pm from early January to early April, alternating between Collinsville and Waterloo. Carpools are usually available for the "away" classes.
The Willoughby Farm gardens are planted and maintained by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. The produce from the garden is donated to the area food pantries. In addition, we interact with many groups, including school groups, during which we discuss where food comes from and some of the things which go into producing it.
Willougby Master Gardener Scholarship
The cost of the training is $250, which includes a large Master Gardener manual. There are a few scholarships available for individuals who agree to do their required sixty hours of intern training at Willoughby Farm. These scholarships are for $125 and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. The scholarship application form can be found below.
Applications for the training and the scholarship should be submitted to the address on the training application form by December 8. If you have additional questions, please call (618) 939-3434.