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We are looking for a few good gardeners…

Thank you for your interest in the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. We are accepting applications until September 20, 2013 for the next training course, which will begin in January 2014.

Please review the following FAQs before filling out an application:
Download the FAQs or read them online here

Download your application here.

We are seeking adults who love to grow plants, want to learn more about horticulture, and have the time and desire to help educate others. Inherent in the title "Master Gardener" lies the challenge to continue learning and to help other gardeners grow. It's a challenge that everyone who has graduated from the Master Gardener program is committed to meeting.

Active Master Gardeners live in all parts of the county, but we need more volunteers to serve the population in coastal South County and inland North County. We strive to have a racially and ethnically diverse group of volunteers and encourage bilingual applicants, especially those who speak Spanish.

Master Gardeners in Training embark on a 50-hour program of 16 classes over a five-month period. After graduation, each new MG must volunteer at least 50 hours of time in public education activities during the first year, helping to educate the public and answering questions on home gardening and pest management.

Once certified, it's not unusual for Master Gardener volunteers to stay in the program for several years, fulfilling the required number of volunteer and education hours they need for recertification each year.