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2018 UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Training

Winter/Spring of 2018 in Placerville, California

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening and landscaping.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any resident of El Dorado or Amador County. First priority is for El Dorado County residents.
  • Residents of Amador County will train in El Dorado County but will be Amador County Master Gardeners.
  • Applicants need internet access; most communication will be through email and websites.

How to Apply

  • Sign up on our MG Training interest list at http://ucanr.edu/be_mg or RSVP to an orientation meeting below.
  • Attend one of our orientation meetings to learn about the Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, and your participation requirements. These meetings are Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 pm or Monday, October 30 at 10:00 am, both at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. RSVP online or to 530-621-5528. (Missed the orientation?  Call 530-621-5528 to see if there will be an additional meeting if there are available spots.)
  • Applications are due by 4:00, November 10, 2017 

What We’ll Do

  • Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience successfully gardening.
  • Conduct interviews during the week of November 13, 2017. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.
  • Require a background check, including fingerprinting. If you are accepted, visit our Volunteering with UCCE webpage for Live Scan form (use Form # 7 for El Dorado County and #5 for Amador) and DOJ locations webpage link. 
  • Teach you to research home gardening solutions. Training topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
  • Provide you with a mentor and plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

  • By December 15, 2017 pay course fee of $200 online or mail a check made payable to "UC Regents" to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
  • Complete fingerprinting/live scan by December 20, 2017.
  • Attend 15 classes, Thursdays, January 11 through April 19, 2018, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in Placerville. Only one class may be missed.
  • Answer gardening questions at farmers markets, at the county fair and other local events, at the Master Gardener office, at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, or at public classes. Help with program activities offered through a variety of internal committees.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
  • Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions).
  • Attend your county’s monthly MG Continuing Education meetings as often as possible.

What You’ll Get

  • Multiple University of California publications including the California Master Gardener Handbook; discounts on other UC publications.
  • Monthly Continuing Education meetings with speakers and activities on in-depth gardening topics.
  • Frequent notifications of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities and other program information.
  • Annual recertification as an active Master Gardener after you post online at least 50 Volunteer hours by June 30, 2019. (Future years’ annual requirements are 25 Volunteer and 12 Continuing Education hours.)
  • Joy and satisfaction that you're helping other gardeners grow more nutritious vegetables and fruits, you’re making new friends, and working with others to help create a more sustainable environment.

For more information, contact Tracy Celio at 530-621-5532 or tbcelio@ucanr.edu.

Important Dates

10/19: Orientation Meeting
10/30: Orientation Meeting

RSVP for a Meeting

11/10: Application Due (by 4:00pm)
11/15 - 11/20: Interviews
12/15: Training Fee Due
12/20: Live Scan Process Due

2018 Training Classes
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

1/11: General Meeting/History & Overview & Welcome Potluck
1/18: Intro to Horticulture
1/25: Soil & Fertilizer
2/1: Water Management
2/8: Plant Pathology
2/15: Entomology/Insect ID
2/22: Weed Science
3/1: Plant Propagation
3/8: Home Orchard
3/15: IPM
3/22: Composting
3/29: Home Vegetable Gardening
4/5: Sustainable Landscape
4/12: Plant ID Lab
4/19: Diagnosing Plant Problems & Tying it All Together / Graduation

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