Would You Like to Be a Master Gardener?
We are now accepting applications for University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers until January 2, 2017.
Applications are available here or one can be picked up at the Cooperative Extension office at 142A Garden Highway, Yuba City CA 95991.
If you would like to share your own gardening skills, experience, and enthusiasm, we invite you to join us! UCCE Master Gardeners are trained representatives of the University of California Cooperative Extension. We assist our local farm advisers by providing home gardening advice and information to our home gardening community. Master gardener applicants should have some agricultural or horticultural experience, be available for initial training, and be able to communicate effectively with individuals and groups.
Cost for the program is $175, which includes three UC reference books. As part of our training program, applicants attend a 64-hour series of classes in horticulture, including soil and irrigation management and weed and insect pest identification and control. After passing a written examination, first-year master gardeners are expected to volunteer a minimum of 50 volunteer hours to activities mutually agreed upon with our Master Gardener Program adviser. Each year thereafter, master gardeners volunteer at least 25 hours.
As a volunteer, you have an opportunity to serve and share your talents in a variety of ways.
- You may assist gardeners at our office
- At farmers markets or plant clinics, or you may teach groups and organizations.
- You may contribute to special community projects and events.
- You can also share your horticultural knowledge by writing articles for our newsletter or by designing publications and presentations.