Search for Excellence
Search for Excellence (SFE) is a statewide competition designed to recognize outstanding UC Master Gardener projects that support the mission of UC Master Gardener Program.
“To extend research-based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California and be guided by our core values and
- UC Master Gardener Program Mission Statement
The SFE competition is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the tremendous talents of UC Master Gardeners from across the state. County programs are invited to submit an educational and innovative projects for consideration.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the three highest scoring entries among seven categories:
- Community service
- Demonstration garden
- Innovative project
- Research (applied scientific methodology)
- Special need audience
- Workshop or presentation
- Youth Program
Outreach and making an impact in local communities should be the focus of the entries, which will be judged by a team of gardening and horticultural experts. The winners will have the opportunity to present the projects at the 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference.
All applicants, regardless of award status are encouraged to submit a poster for display at the conference.
SFE documents release October 23, 2019
Submissions accepted January 7 - April 28, 2020
Winners contacted end of June 2020
Winners announced publicly July 2020
Conference September 28- October 2, 2020
Looking to showcase the amazing projects happening in your county? The Search for Excellence (SFE) competition guidelines for the 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference are now available. Application submission will begin on January 7, 2020 and...
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