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Welcome to our gardening classes

Take a look below at some of the gardening classes we have at this time. Please email your questions to mgfresno@ucdavis.edu

We look forward to seeing you in the garden but in the meantime please enjoy some of our online resources!



Are you growing food on property impacted by wildfire? Fire introduces new considerations for growing produce and raising backyard poultry. In this free virtual webinar, learn from scientists who have studied urban wildfires in California, including: what questions to ask, how to improve soil health and make informed decisions about food safety, which agencies might have helpful information, and what remains unknown in this burgeoning field of study.

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020, 9:30 am - 11:30 am PST

Registration Link click here 

Fire Education Mariposa UCANR
After the 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County, UCCE Sonoma launched a citizen science study to assess the impacts of ash and smoke on produce safety.  In 2018, we partnered with a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine team who was doing a research study on backyard chicken eggs post-fire.  Please feel free to share the report and findings on this research with your communities.  Here's a link to our web page:  http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/Disaster_Resources/Fire/Crop_Resources/Produce_Safety_after_Urban_Wildfire/.  If any of you are interested in furthering this research, there's a tool kit we developed to help other regions replicate the study that is available on the web page.  

In early 2019, we started receiving calls from community members who had rebuilt their homes post fire with concerns about the safety of growing food in their backyards.  That led this same team to develop a new workshop on post-fire soil considerations.  This workshop is available to any who want to participate (it is not specific to Sonoma County).  I've attached a jpeg for use in social media outreach.  Please feel free to share with your community if it has been impacted by the recent fires. 

Thank You Sonoma UCANR Master Gardeners


Video Library

We are here for you!

While our office and events are temporarily closed, our program is still "open for business" to answer your gardening and pest management questions.  Please send an email with your inquiry to: mgfresno@ucdavis.edu   We are checking email regularly and will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

While you are at home and in the future, this page will provide you with  a selection of videos that teach about gardening in several areas. 

We will be adding more soon. Enjoy!

Training Young trees: Structural Pruning for Home Gardeners

Integrated Pest Management Video Library

UC IPM's library of videos on various pests and best management practices. This is a very informative and helpful resource on all types of pests.

Plant Right: Invasive Plants

An introduction to the PlantRight program and our approach. What are invasive plants? Why do they matter? What is PlantRight doing to address this? What can you do to help? This video addresses all these questions and more.

Seed Starting  - Ruth Ostroff, UCCE Master Gardener of Sacramento County

Tips from the UC Master Gardener Program to prepare,plant and grow your fall vegetable garden!


Importance of Mulch Missy Gable, Director of UC Master Gardener Program


How and Why to Mulch Your Garden- San Mateo and San Francisco MGs


How to Clean and Sharpen Pruning Tools -MG of Santa Clara County


How to make a raised bed with OSU Master Gardeners


Non-UC Internet Resources

The inclusion of external links does not constitute endorsement by the University of California of external sites or the information or services contained therein. Also, it does not imply criticism of similar sites that are not mentioned. UCCE does not exercise any editorial control over the information found at external locations and does not guarantee their accuracy or reliability.

FREE Virtual 2020 UC Master Gardener Mini Conference
Save the date for the 2020 UC Master Gardener Virtual Conference! This FREE virtual mini-conference will take place September 29 – October 1 and is open to the general public. All levels of gardeners are welcome!
We will be streaming LIVE to the UC Master Gardener YouTube channel and Facebook page, just pick the platform you prefer. Master Gardener volunteers can earn continuing education hours. Registration is not required, just pick and choose what sessions you would like to attend. All session are being recorded and posted on YouTube but we hope you can join in LIVE.
Garden workshops

As you know, the State of California has issued a shelter-in-place order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Master Gardener Program, UC Fresno/ Madera program is now working remotely. We are still here to answer your questions and address needs during this unprecedented situation, however no public gardening classes or workshops are offered at this time.