The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program is a educational volunteer program. Our purpose is to teach the community about home horticulture and to share research-based information produced by the University researchers and academics. The Master Gardener role is primarily that of an educator. Certified Master Gardeners have completed a comprehensive home horticulture training program under the supervision of the Cooperative Extension horticulture advisor. In turn, each volunteer their time to educate the gardening public through such activities as answering gardening questions on their telephone helpline, a weekly newspaper column, a demonstration garden, informational booths at Farmers Markets and workshops throughout the county.