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It's reappointment time for the UC Master Gardener Program! Before the reappointment process begins we would like to say thank you. Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of the UC Master Gardener Program and we couldn't make such an incredible impact in our communities without you.
We hope you consider joining us as a volunteer again this upcoming program year. If the answer is yes, just follow the simple steps to reappointment below. Reappointment starts June 1 and is completed in the Volunteer Management System (VMS). Questions about reappointment? Contact your Program Coordinator, Advisor or County Director.
Step One: Select “Complete Agreement Now” in VMS
- Log into VMS, vms.ucanr.edu
- Select “Complete Agreement Now” from prompt box at top of VMS home screen
Step Two: Complete all three sections to fulfill county requirements for participation
Step Three: Verify Date Completed Displays and Print a Copy for your Records
Quick Tips and FAQ's:
Who must complete the reappointment process?
The Appointment process is mandatory for all UCCE Master Gardeners / Master Food Preservers, including:
- Limited Active
- Gold Badge
- Platinum Badge
How many hours do I need to volunteer for reappointment?
The minimum hours required to remain a certified UCCE Master Gardener / UCCE Master Food Preserver are:
- 25 hours - Volunteer
- 12 hours - Continuing education
Note: First year UCCE Master Gardeners / UCCE Master Food Preservers are required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours (no continuing education requirement) before the next certification cycle.
What is the date range for calculating hours for reappointment?
The program year is July 1-June 30th. Hours currently being reported during the reappointment period are from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.
Where do I send my payment?
That statewide office does not collect fees or payment directly from volunteers for reappintment. Please check with your county coordinator, director or advisor about fees and where and how to submit payment.
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Help for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Client: I need help identifying the alliums in my backyard garden. These alliums have been growing in the backyard for 20+ years on their own. I always thought they were leeks but after pulling one out the other day to examine it, I'm not sure what it is anymore. It smells like an onion but it doesn't have all of the layers. Thank you for your help!
The description of A. triquetum is:
• leaves are mid-green with a rib running up one side that makes them more rigid;
• spherical white bulbs that reproduce vegetatively by dividing;
• white flowers atop a triangular stem in April and May;
• the whole plant dies back after blooming and setting seed
You can compare the group of photos (right) of Allium triquetum to compare to yours.
However, what is a little confusing is that there are no flowers evident in your photos, and this makes me question the identification. If you could bring us a sample of your plants, we would be able to do a more positive identification. Or you could send us photos of the flowers and confirmation that your plants die back after flowering.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Help Desk of the Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SEH)
Note: The UC Master Gardeners Program of Contra Costa's Help Desk is available year-round to answer your gardening questions. Except for a few holidays, we're open every week, Monday through Thursday for walk-ins from 9:00 am to Noon at 75 Santa Barbara Road, 2d Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. We can also be reached via telephone: (925) 646-6586, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Ask_Us/ MGCC Blogs can be found at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/HortCoCo/ You can also subscribe to the Blog (http://ucanr.edu/blogs/CCMGBlog/)./span>
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