Volunteer Process During Covid-19

Interested in volunteering at Tollgate? Both Extension Master Gardeners and Non-Extension Master Gardeners must first complete our Volunteer Selection Process at https://msu.samaritan.com/custom/502/#/volunteer_home

Make sure you have the following information correct when you apply:

  • Volunteer type: GOLD 
  • Program area: Choose one:
    • EMG: Extension Master Gardener
    • Non-EMG: Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • Primary County: Oakland, Wayne, Macomb
  • Specific Event: not applicable 
  • Staff Member: Choose one:
    • EMG Oakland: Lori Imboden
    • EMG Wayne: Dierdre Hope
    • EMG Macomb: Karen Burke
    • Non-EMG: Carmen Hamilton

Once you have entered all your required information into the Volunteer Selection system an MSU Tollgate staff member will reach out to you about completing a brief interview. Interviews will be conducted by one of the following staff members; Roy Prentice, Ellen Koehler, Carmen Hamilton, or Mike Mathis. After the interview you will be asked to confirm with Roy Prentice or Ellen Koehler your intent to work on an approved Extension Master Gardener project or Non-Extension Master Gardener project. MSU Tollgate Farm staff will provide you with written permission to visit the farm. You will also be asked to sign a Safety Guidelines form and return this to our staff and the Consumer Horticulture Team member for your area.

We appreciate your willingness to volunteer at MSU Tollgate Farm and thank you for beginning this new process of volunteer selection. Volunteers are the most essential partners we have in MSU Extension and they create life-changing experiences and provide millions of dollars in added value in our communities.

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