What is Food Gardening?
When you grow food sustainably you nurture and protect the soil; use compost and organic amendments to feed the soil organisms that, in turn, feed your plants; use mulch to cover your soil, prevent weeds and conserve water; practice minimum soil disturbance; plant the right plant, in the right place, at the right time; include flowers that benefit the vegetables and that attract good insects; and avoid using synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
The Fresno County Master Gardeners have specialized food gardening training and experience. In addition to their horticultural knowledge and interests, they are all passionate food gardeners—many with years of first-hand experience growing crops in the Central Valley.
Plant a Row for the Hungry / Fresno
Thinking of ways to make a difference in the community? Planning a Spring Garden and have a little extra room in your garden? You could donate food to our local food banks.
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Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative
Check out our schedule for upcoming workshops.
Led by UC Master Gardener volunteers, these four-session classes for beginning gardeners are offered at many locations each spring and fall.
Upon completing all four classes, participants become UC-certified Victory Gardeners. Also, participants continue to work together informally in a neighborhood Victory Garden circle to ask questions, get support and continue learning.
If you cannot participate in our classes, it's easy to start a vegetable garden at home. Download a copy of the Vegetable Gardening Handbook for Beginners (English/Spanish) and take a look at our helpful gardening articles.
For more information on UC Cooperative Extension's gardening programs, please visit the Master Gardener Program.
Fresno Master Garden Par Group
Fresno Master Gardeners joined in 1999 as a joint effort between the UCCE Master Gardeners and the Central California Food Bank. Click here to see how the Garden of the Sun and Fresno Master Gardeners are involved.
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19 had led to changes in previously scheduled UC Master Gardener training sessions, community events, and meetings. Please contact Randy Thomson about changes. Contact information below.
UC Master Gardener program / Sonoma Couty
To find more information about food gardening check on the UC Master Gardener program in Sonoma County website! So many resources and classes online. To find out more click here to view the website.
The site also has Food Gardening Articles from A to Z. Great job Sonoma Master Gardeners.