Master Gardener training available at no charge for transitioning service members, veterans


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2021) – Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program gives transitioning service members and veterans an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate that could lead to careers in agriculture, landscaping, horticulture and forestry.

The Farm OPS Master Gardener Training is being offered as an online certificate program at no charge to transitioning service members and veterans in Jefferson County and surrounding areas. This opportunity is offered as a two-month program with flexibility in the schedule to meet the needs of all participants.

Starting April 5, Master Gardener online courses will be held via Zoom from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, with the online portion concluding April 28. Beginning May 3, enrollees will participate in a practicum portion volunteering at a number of local sites, including the Watertown Urban Mission Garden, from Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This “internship” will continue until May 28.

This project is one component of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Farm OPS program dedicated to helping military members leaving active-duty service – as well as veterans in the community – find fulfilling careers in agriculture.

To learn more about the program, click on the brochure posted HERE or visit

For additional information, call (315) 788-8450, ext. 269, or email


(Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County)