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About Us

Who are the UCCE Master Gardeners

UCCE Master Gardeners are community members who have been trained under the direction of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Each volunteer has completed more than 50 hours of formal classroom training. Master Gardeners help the UC Cooperative Extension office provide practical scientific gardening information to the home gardeners of our counties.

How We Serve our Communities

  • Free Public Classes: We offer classes on a variety of topics throughout the year. Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions during breaks and after class. See the class schedule in your county (AmadorCalaverasEl DoradoLake Tahoe Basin or Tuolumne) for more information.
  • Weekly articles: Local newspapers publish a weekly Master Gardener column. Read previous articles in our online archives
  • (AmadorCalaverasEl DoradoLake Tahoe Basin or Tuolumne).
  • Information Booths at Local Events: Master Gardeners staff information booths and give demonstrations at various community events. Look for us at your county fairs, various Farmers Markets, Earth Day Events, Farm Day, and more.
  • Speaking events: We offer radio shows such as (insert Debbie’s) and Master Gardener minute KVGC, speakers for events, garden clubs and social media.
  • Demonstration Gardens: We offer demonstration gardens, open garden days, tours, classes and field trips so community members can learn hands-on about landscape and gardening (AmadorCalaverasEl DoradoLake Tahoe Basin or Tuolumne).

THE MISSION

The mission of the Central Sierra Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the University of California Cooperative Extension (U.C.C.E.), is to meet the horticulture needs of our counties' gardeners through development and implementation of programs that transfer research-based knowledge and information using volunteers who receive training and certification from U.C.C.E.