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2024 Master Gardener Training - Amador/El Dorado Counties

2024 Master Gardener Training 

Placerville & Jackson, California 

Classes on Thursdays, January 11 through May 16

Interested? Add your name to the Training Interest List at http://ucanr.edu/be_mg.  

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UC Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about sustainable landscape and gardening.

We are combining the Master Gardeners of Amador and El Dorado counties for training. Training classes will be presented in both counties so there will be a little bit of travel involved. The 2024 class will also offer on line learning. 

Who Can Apply?

  • Any resident of El Dorado or Amador County.

Need to Know

  • Training will take place virtually and in both Amador and El Dorado counties.
  • Applicants need internet access; most communication will be through email and websites.
  • Instruction will include hands on labs, projects, homework, exams, and lecture.

How to Apply

  • Sign up on our Training Interest List at http://ucanr.edu/be_mg.  
  • Attend one of our October 2023 orientation meetings to learn about the Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, and your participation requirements. RSVP to an orientation meeting.
  • Application will open mid-October and be due before November 1, 2023.

What We’ll Do

  • Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience successfully gardening.
  • Conduct interviews during the week of Nov. 13-17, 2023. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your application status.
  • Require a background check, including fingerprinting.
  • Teach you to research home gardening solutions. Training topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
  • Provide you with a mentor and plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

  • Pay course fee of $250 online or mail a check made payable to "UC Regents" to UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 before December 15, 2023.
  • Complete fingerprinting/live scan before December 15, 2023.
  • Attend all classes, Thursdays and some Saturdays. Only one class may be missed.
  • Answer gardening questions at farmers markets, at the county fair and other local events, at the Master Gardener office, at youth and school gardens, at the demonstration gardens, or at public classes.
  • Assist with program activities offered through a variety of internal committees.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
  • Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online, statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions.)
  • Attend your county’s monthly MG Continuing Education meetings as often as possible.

What You’ll Get

  • Multiple University of California publications including the California Master Gardener Handbook; discounts on other UC publications.
  • Monthly Continuing Education meetings with speakers and activities on in-depth gardening topics.
  • Frequent notifications of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities and other program information.
  • Annual re-certification as an active Master Gardener after you post online at least 50 Volunteer hours by June 30 annually. (Future years’ annual requirements are 25 Volunteer and 12 Continuing Education hours.)
  • Joy and satisfaction that you're helping other gardeners grow more nutritious vegetables and fruits, you’re making new friends, and working with others to help create a more sustainable environment.

For more information, contact Tracy Celio at 530-621-5532 or tbcelio@ucanr.edu.