Every year, the UC Master Gardener Program trains 45 county residents to become master gardener volunteers. They are looking for people with an interest in gardening, who are committed to creating a sustainable environment and want to volunteer in their community. Classes are taught by University of California instructors as well as outside experts and cover soils, botany, irrigation, edible gardening, landscape trees, plant diseases, integrated pest management and more.
The UC Master Gardener Program would like to expand its services in East County with classes in vegetable gardening, library talks on horticultural topics, ask-a-master-gardener tables at farmers markets, and community garden support.
To do this, residents of the area are invited to apply to the training program. All applicants must first attend an information session. These are held in May and June throughout the county. Visit http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Join_Us/ to register for one of the two-hour sessions.