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What is Food Gardening?

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The Fresno County Master Gardeners mission is to provide science-based horticultural information and to teach home and community gardeners how to grow food sustainably.

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.

Urban Farm
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What is urban agriculture?
It means different things to different people (See our working definition here). From backyard chicken-raising and beekeeping, to small-scale commercial farming on the edge of cities, urban agriculture is increasingly popular and is often in the news.
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. 

Plant a Row for the Hungry: Nationally sponsored by the Garden Writers’ Association, Plant-A-Row encourages gardeners to grow a little extra to donate to food banks. You can also donate any surplus of fresh garden produce, even it it wasn’t planted for donation!

Vegetable Planting Guide

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Plant a Row for the Hungry website for more information on this project. 

Video coming soon 

Our gardening Helpline is working remotely. Questions? Send an email to mgfresno@ucdavis.edu 

Including photos is helpful.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative

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The Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative helps new gardeners start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, in the backyard or at a community garden.

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

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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. 

Grow Oakhurst

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. 

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“Grow Oakhurst Victory Garden.” First meeting at the Oakhurst Branch Library, Community Room.   If you would like to help out or find out more about how to teach the L. A. Victory garden model from former LA Master Gardeners Carol Mireles and Randy Thomson  contact Randy @  iPhone with text (818) 436-9484 and my e-mail is randybuildssoil@g-mail.com.

Click here to learn more about this class. 

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.

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The site also has Food Gardening Articles from A to Z. Great job Sonoma Master Gardeners.