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Become A Master Gardener: Join the UC Marin Master Gardener Training Program


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Grow your gardening skills and give back to the community
Are you a lifelong learner and keen gardener who enjoys sharing what you know with others in the community? Consider becoming a UC Marin Master Gardener!
 
Besides sharing research-based knowledge of horticulture and sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners in Marin, we also support the creation of local food sources, and conduct community outreach through our Help Desk, social and print media, farmers' markets, talks, demonstrations, and community and school projects.
 
 
2022 TRAINING CLASS UPDATE: We paused our UC Master Gardener Training Program for 2021 because of the unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. However, we are committed to resuming our training program in 2022. Our plan is for a “blended” or hybrid program consisting of in-person classes alternating with virtual classes. We also have a back-up plan for all virtual classes in the event in-person gatherings are still not allowed in January 2022.

What is the Master Gardener training like?

Learn gardening techniques such as rose pruning during the Master Gardener training program
Learn gardening techniques such as rose pruning during the Master Gardener training program

The Master Gardener Training Program is an intensive 18-week overview course from early January to mid-May that provides a practical introduction to horticulture and sustainable landscape practices. Classes are taught by University of California faculty and staff, landscape and nursery professionals, local horticulture educators and certified Master Gardeners. A team of Master Gardener mentors will also help to guide you throughout the training class and connect you to our organization.

Areas of training include:

• Botany & plant taxonomy
• Soils, composting & mulch
• Plant pathology
• Plant problem diagnosis
• Integrated approaches to pest management
• Insects
• Weeds and invasives
• Turfgrass
• Vertebrate pests
• Irrigation practices
• Growing fruits and vegetables
• Growing ornamentals, trees and shrubs,

Other topics that may be included:
• Propagation
• Pruning
• Fire-smart landscaping
• Climate/climate change
• Pollinators and beneficial insects
• Garden Planning

Who may become a Marin Master Gardener and what commitment is required?

• Marin residents only
• Applicants must complete an online application, in-person interview and selection process (applications are usually posted in the summer and are usually closed by September of the year prior to course)
• Able to complete the 18-week Training Program competently and in its entirety
• Able to complete a minimum of 50 hours of UC MMG-sponsored volunteer service and 12 hours of appropriate continuing education within the first year after graduating
• To remain certified, a minimum of 25 hours of UC MMG-sponsored volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education per year are required

Meet a whole community of like-minded people during your training and volunteering!
Meet a whole community of like-minded people during your training and volunteering!


How do I apply and when are applications open?

Applications will be posted on this web page sometime in July and will be open till September 2021 for the class starting in January of 2022. Please do check back on this page to look for any updates and to check that application forms have been posted. 

YES I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING THE TRAINING PROGRAM, please let me know when the application is available.
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to provide us with your name and email address and we will send you an email notice as soon as the online application form has been posted. We also welcome your questions!

To get a feel for the many volunteer opportunities and activities available to UC Marin Master Gardeners, please explore the website under Ask Us to get a feel for what we do.

In accordance with applicable State and Federal laws and University policy, the University of California does not discriminate in any of its policies, procedures, or practices on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, citizenship or disability. Inquiries regarding this policy may be addressed to the Affirmative Action Director, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1111 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607-5200, (510) 987-0096.