- Author: Margaret J O'Neill
You may have heard us say at our information tables, workshops or on social media that “UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are here to help!” So to bring in the new year I wanted to talk about all the ways we are here to help you in your gardening adventures and with your community gardening efforts.
Master Gardener Helpline (Free!): You can find us at many events and workshops throughout the county, but we are just a phone call or email away, as well! If you have questions about what's bugging your garden, or why your tree is looking unhealthy, what tree would be good to plant in your area, or what you should plant this time of year, Master Gardeners are here to help answer those questions. No question is too small, silly, or unimportant. Our volunteers go through dozens of hours of training and the volunteers who address your questions through our helpline love to be detectives and help you solve your plant mysteries and provide you with the tools to keep your garden and landscape healthy in the future, so don't be shy! We love that you can email us photos too, since a picture speaks a thousand words. Give our free helpline a try! Call us at: 909-387-2182 or Email us at: email@example.com
Newsletter: You already have access to our monthly newsletter since you are reading this but if it's a shared copy and you'd like your own newsletter emailed to you directly, sign up on this link: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=35784 Our newsletter includes our calendar of upcoming free educational events, where you can find us each month, links to some great blog posts and more! Please feel free to share it with friends, family, and colleagues.
Online classes: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we took our educational classes online on topics ranging from growing food at home to how you can keep your trees alive during a drought. As the pandemic restrictions began to lighten up and we could go back to being in person we decided to keep doing some of our classes online for a few reasons. One, San Bernardino County is the largest geographical county in the U.S. so it allows people from all over to conveniently and safely attend, and also saves time for residents of the valley due to traffic. We will keep offering classes online for those that like to attend that way, while also (as safe) continue to return to in-person face-to-face events as safe to do so.! Check out our list of classes at: https://mgsb.ucanr.edu/
In person classes: Ready to go back to being in person for our classes? We are doing that too!! Visit our website and find out where we will be in person teaching classes and workshops. https://mgsb.ucanr.edu/Calendar_of_Events/
YouTube channel: Did you know we have a YouTube channel now too? We are posting some of our classes that we have done online there if you missed them or want to go back and review them. We are also always adding short videos on a variety of topics. We encourage you to go to YouTube and subscribe! You can go to our website for a list of our videos: https://mgsb.ucanr.edu/Recent_Presentations/Videos/ or go directly to our YouTube channel to check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrfbx0-Jvr1_PfZp8j1KHzA
Online and In Person “Ask a Master Gardener” time: Once a month we answer gardening questions from the public online. Consider it like a live helpline! We have had people walk us virtually around their gardens and landscapes asking “What is wrong with this plant?” “Why won't this broccoli grow?” or “What should I plant here?” It is lots of fun for us, too, and we learn so much talking with all of you. Please join us the 2nd Sunday of each month online from 11am to 1pm with your gardening and landscaping questions! You can drop in any time during the two hour session: https://mgsb.ucanr.edu/?calitem=519362&g=61974
Want to bring your plant problems to us in person? Check out our in person “Ask a Master Gardener” time at the Sam J. Racadio Library in Highland (7863 Central Avenue) the 2nd Sat of each month from 11am to 1pm, as well, where the Master Gardeners are always ready to answer all of your gardening questions, too!
Website: Look around our website for helpful resources and more, that's another way we are here to help!
Social Media: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too, to find out what were up to and more @mgpsanbern
You can also find us at Farmer's Market's throughout the county where we have information tables to answer your gardening questions and share about upcoming events. We are working with local community gardens to provide support and also at many we teach classes each month. Currently we are teaching monthly classes at the Chino and Rialto community gardens, the Seeds of Joy community garden in Ontario and are going to start working with the new Fontana community garden and a few more so check here to see where you can find us at a community garden each month: https://mgsb.ucanr.edu/Calendar_of_Events/
Want us to teach at your community garden, club, or local nonprofit? Or help with your local school or community garden? We can do that too! Just send an email to our helpline and we can set something up! Call us at: 909-387-2182 or Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Master Gardener to you can help your community too!! We are currently accepting applications for our Class of 2022 Master Gardener training course and we would love to have you join our team! Go to our website to learn more: https://mgsb.ucanr.edu/Become_a_Master_Gardener_2/
So as we look forward to 2022 and all the gardening potential it has know that we are here to support you in many ways through your gardening adventure, and supporting you is something that Master Gardeners are trained and love to do so don't be shy and give “Asking a Master Gardener” a try today!!