Cooperative Extension Fresno County
University of California
Cooperative Extension Fresno County

Community Outreach

Healthier Communities

University of California Master Gardeners encourage a healthier community and healthier gardeners throughout the state. UC Master Gardeners encourage the public to eat more fruits and vegetables by enhancing local, sustainable, healthy food systems for families, neighborhoods, and communities. Programs increase gardening, horticulture, and science literacy through quality education and local community outreach. Community members learn new skills, get outside and exercise, meet new people, and gain a better understanding of different cultures.

Healthier Communities/click to learn more

Rescue the Children

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UCCE CalFresh and Master Gardeners are working with residents at this site to improve their garden and their knowledge about healthy eating and a healthy environment. You can see the difference from when we first started and now. All the produce that is grown in the garden is used to feed the residents. They are excited about what is growing in the garden and we are working on planning for the cool weather vegetables this fall

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UC CalFresh and Master Gardeners programs partnered to reach 135 women and their children. Rescue the Children (Rescue), a ministry of the Fresno Rescue Mission, is a nonprofit that transforms lives. Rescue provides an in-house rehabilitation and transition program. Priscilla Robbins oversees the program and noted the importance of including a nutrition and healthy living component.

UC CalFresh coordinated with UC Master Gardeners to lead garden enhanced lesson delivery for five weeks leading up to the residents and their children planting five dormant garden beds at the facility.

To read more about this project see the UC Delivers article


IPM Outreach Project

The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) project is a pesticide user public education and awareness program. It is in partnership with the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, UC Master Gardeners of Fresno County and the UC Statewide IPM Project. To learn more about this project click here.

IPM or Integrated pest management is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pest anywhere-in urban, agricultural and wildlands or natural areas.

To Learn more about IPM click to visit our state website

Benefit Iris Sale

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One mission of the University of California Master Gardeners is to promote education and provide a service to the community. When the opportunity presented itself at the home of Dennis and Ramona Speer, the Master Gardeners and other garden enthusiasts readily lent a hand. MG Ramona Speer, who raises iris, had a bounty of plants to share and offered a Benefit Iris Sale with all proceeds going to the well-known local, non-profit organization, Break the Barriers. In preparation for the sale, education and a hands-on experience with the Break the Barrier teams and our Master Gardeners took place on July 17th and 18th.

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Students helped with trimming and labeling the hundreds of potted iris along with the washing and cutting of an assorted array of iris rhizomes for their display boxes. Everyone went home with an iris and information about its care. The words, "iris", "rhizome" and "drought-tolerant" became new words in the childrens' and parents' vocabulary along with a sense of appreciation for this beautiful plant that grows ideally in the valley. The sale event on July 27th and 28th proved to be one of the most successful fund-raisers for Break the Barriers and they expressed their gratitude to all involved for providing such a meaningful and much needed service which helped to support their mission for the community and their performing teams that travel world-wide. It was teamwork at its best

Plant a Row for the Hungry

Plant A Row (PAR) is a nationwide, people-to-people program sponsored locally by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and Community Food Bank.

To Learn more click here


Plant Clinics

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Master Gardeners helping home gardeners with their interest in the MG program and with a few garden questions. 

The Fresno County UC Master Gardeners are knowledgeable trained adult volunteers in home gardening. As a part of assisting the gardening public, we hold regular plant clinics at libraries, community centers, community gardens, local events, and local nurseries, home improvement stores, as well as local farmer's markets. These plant clinics offer the public a chance to bring their plant samples and ask questions on a wide range of garden topics. The clinics are held weekdays, evenings and weekends, usually for 3-4 hours. Two to four Master Gardeners are on duty at each clinic. A formal presentation is not involved but rather the Master Gardeners are available as "plant doctors".



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