Use of TN Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Title

The title of TN Extension Master Gardener Volunteer is to be used solely within the framework of UT Extension.  MG volunteers should identify themselves as such only when doing unpaid, public service under the direction of the local MG volunteer coordinator.  Volunteers may not wear their name badges while at work or being paid for service.  MG volunteers may not use their honorary title on business cards or other types of business advertisements.  UT Extension is a source of unbiased, research-based information.  It is important that no one associated with the Extension System, including MG volunteers, gives the appearance of being involved in a commercial activity, has association with commercial products, or gives implied Extension endorsement of any product or place of business while involved in UT Extension activities.  Violation of this policy may result in an immediate withdraw of privileges.

Guideline for Pesticide Recommendations

When making recommendations that include the use of pesticides, Tennessee Master Gardeners must follow current recommendations found in the various publications available from the University of Tennessee Extension.  Use of other pesticide recommendation, chemical or organic, is not approved.  When making pesticide recommendations, if more than one product is listed as satisfactory, each product should be recommended.  Cultural problems and soil additives that are not specifically covered by Extension recommendations and publications should be recommended only after consultation with the county Extension agent or specialist.  Questions concerning commercial production of crops and pest management on such crops are always referred to local county Extension personnel.

Guideline for Dismissal of a TEMG Volunteer

Repeated and consistent disregard for policies and guidelines established by UT Extension and the Master Gardener program are grounds for dismissal of a volunteer.  If a volunteer’s behavior is not acceptable or in the best interest of UT Extension, he or she may be reprimanded or asked to leave the group. 

Dismissal Process: as stated in the TEMG Program Volunteer Handbook Statewide Guidelines & Procedures

  1. County Agent identifies problem. An attempt will be made to correct the behavior. Documentation will be made of each case & a written warning will be issued stating the problem, how it should be correct and a deadline for correction. 
  2. The issue will be reviewed after the specified compliance period.
  3. If the issue has not been resolved, the volunteer will be contacted personally by letter outlining the reasons for dismissal and effective date of termination or certification. This notice of dismissal will be added to the volunteer’s file.

TN Extension Volunteer Statement of Principles