Junior Master Gardener


Junior Master Gardeners and Youth Gardening

The JMG program provides a hands-on approach to learning horticulture, environmental science, leadership, and life skills.


To Start a  JMG® class or group in your area

1. Identify a JMG Leader/Teacher

This can be a classroom teacher, home school parent, youth leader, or anyone interested in working with youth. The JMG leader does NOT have to be a Master Gardener. If a JMG leader needs garden resources and information they can contact their local county Extension service for gardening support.

2. Identify a group of youth

This may be a classroom, school group, 4-H club, home school group, or an after-school program. The program is flexible and can be offered to many different groups and in many different environments. A JMG group must have minimum of FIVE youths.

3. Obtain the JMG curriculum

Choose a curriculum based upon the age and skill level of the youth. To read more about each JMG curricula, visit here: http://jmgkids.us/curriculum/

4. Register your group of youth with National JMG

5. Dig In and Get Growing!

Additional Youth Gardening Resources:

Kids Gardening

Lesson plans, grant information, catalog

Utah Ag In the Classroom

Lesson plans, kits

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the Utah State University Extension JMG Team:

Dave Francis - Utah State JMG Coordinator

Dr. Dallas Holmes
Dr. Ralph Whitesides