Stanislaus County is now offering a much anticipated UC Master Gardener Program.
Become a UC Master Gardener by applying to attend the next training beginning January 30, 2019. Click the yellow application button above now.
What is a UC Master Gardener Program? Read on!
Already a UC Master Gardener in another county?
Fill out the volunteer application and we will contact you about how to transfer to Stanislaus County's UC Master Gardener Program.
When and how do I apply to the program?
Applications are being accepted now for the January 30, 2019, training. Deadline to apply is September 28, 2018. Notifications for acceptance will be provided after this date.
The initial training is 19 weeks and the classes are held on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am-1:30 pm at the San Joaquin County Ag Center in Stockton. Carpooling can be arranged.
Attendance is mandatory at all classes.
Annual training will be held thereafter in Stanislaus County.
Is a fee charged for the training classes?
A fee of $180.00 (2019 fee is subject to change) to cover training and resource materials is charged for the training.
Who teaches the classes and what will I learn? All classes are taught by University specialists, horticulture advisors, and community experts. Topics include:
- introduction to horticulture
- water and fertilizer management
- ornamentals and drought tolerant plants
- turf management
- landscape trees
- planting and maintenance
- introduction to insects
- integrated pest management
- water quality
- home vegetable gardening
- plant disease diagnosis
- weed identification and management
- home orchards
- fruit and nut trees
- small fruits and grapevines
- diagnosing garden and landscape problems
What happens after I graduate and become a UC Master Gardener? After attending all class sessions, and all the weekly quizzes and final exam are completed, trainees receive a graduation certificate. New UC Master Gardeners are required to contribute fifty hours of community volunteer work during the next twelve months. Every year thereafter, twenty-five hours of volunteer activity is required.
UCCE approved volunteer opportunities are available for UC Master Gardeners to extend University research-based information to the gardening community in Stanislaus County. Volunteer activities include conducting workshops, diagnosing plant problems, and speaking to community groups. We also dispense advice over the phone and with social and mass media. Each year twelve hours of continuing education is also provided and required.
Since 1981, the University of California Master Gardener Program has been extending UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public. The UC Master Gardener Program is a public service and outreach program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices.
The UC Master Gardener Program is an example of an effective partnership between the University of California and passionate volunteers. In exchange for training from the University, UC Master Gardeners offer volunteer services and outreach to the general public in more than 50 California counties. Last year 6,116 active UC Master Gardener volunteers donated 398,265 hours, and 5.4+ million hours have been donated since the program's inception.