Yes, some of the permies here have passed the Master Gardener classes. A lot more have passed a PDC, Permaculture Design Course, and a LOT of us are self taught. (Personally, I use the words "Qualified but not Certified" for myself, I have been gardening organically all of my life, and have read every organic gardening and permaculture book I can get my hands on. If there were CLEP tests, I'd pass them, but I have not gone to the classes.)
Lots of neat people knowing lots of neat things around here, since you are a Master Gardener, please help answer questions from others! Look at the Growies section, and see what people are asking for help with. Good to have more people who can help out!
So I'm guessing state is referring to the USA states? Not as in the state (sitting, happy, gardening) of the person at that moment?
Not sure what is meant by 'recognize'. Could you tell us more about what you mean?
Permies is an international community with members from all over the world. Not every country has a master gardener certification - we usually just look at the person's ability to grow stuff and if they are good at it, we call them a master gardener. If you are looking to find master gardeners local to your area, you could try the regional category: https://permies.com/c/3
Kim Goodwin wrote:Can you explain what you are looking for a little more, and maybe why?
Just a little surprised permies doesn't recognize master gardeners/
I think people at permies are recognized for what they are doing, rather than some certification or license or what have you. It seems to me that the way to be "recognized" here is to post helpful comments, answer people's questions with good information, and show what you are doing to grow food, plant trees, or make the world a better place in general. There are many people here that I have a great deal of respect for, and in not a single case is it because of credentials. I prefer it this way.
Kentucky Master Gardener as of this year. The local extension office was offering the course for a song (and a bunch of volunteer hours). So why not? Have gardened all my life in several climates, but it was interesting to see the official University of Kentucky College of Agriculture stance on everything. Their approaches and advice do not always exactly align with my aims or methods. But that's ok! I still learned a lot and got to be a bit more involved in my community with folks who are interested in the same kinds of stuff. I rate it as a thoroughly worthwhile experience. You can check with the extension offices in your region to see when classes are offered. I was surprised to find ours was only $20 including text book, materials and even transportation to events off-site.
Willie Smits: Village Based Permaculture Approaches in Indonesia (video)