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2019 Becoming a Master Gardener (Information Meetings)


Becoming a Master Gardener

We are delighted that you are interested in enrolling in training for the Master Gardener
Program.  Every other year, we offer training courses to become Ventura County Master Gardeners.  The next class starts in November 2019.  Previous horticultural training is not required, but a desire to serve the community is a prerequisite. 

We are looking for candidates with:
o   Desire, passion, enthusiasm for learning, gardening and
o   Previous volunteer work
o   Special talents 
o   Availability for volunteer hours and class requirements 
o   Diversity: experience, age, gender, ethnicity

To start the process of becoming a Master Gardener you must:
1. Attend one information meeting scheduled for September 10 or September 12, 2019. To
register for one of these mandatory information meetings, complete the survey at the
bottom of this page indicating your preferred date.
2. The application link will be provided at the information meeting and must be submitted
online by September 15.
3. Candidates in attendance at the information meeting will additionally schedule a personal
interview time.

Once you are accepted into the training program, you must attend approximately 80 hours
of class instruction in horticulture.  Instructors include UCCE professionals and other experts
covering subject areas such as basic botany, plant pathology, soils, fertilizers, irrigation,
plant propagation, insects, vegetables, pruning, sustainable landscapes, integrated pest
management, plant diseases and gardening techniques to name a few topics.  To retain active status after the first year, the Master Gardener must volunteer the required
25 minimum of hours annually and attend supplemental training (continuing education).
The 2019-2020 Master Gardener training classes are scheduled for Thursdays, 1:00-4:30
pm, starting November 7, 2019 through April 9, 2020. Classes are held at the UCCE Office
in Ventura and at the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) in Santa
Paula.  Participants who complete the training with no more than two absences, participate in a group hands-on garden learning program, pass a final comprehensive exam with a score of 70% or higher, and who complete 50 volunteer hours for the first year, will receive
certification as a UC Master Gardener.  University policy requires all volunteers to clear
livescan fingerprinting prior to beginning volunteer service; details about this process will be
provided during the information meetings.

On the first day of class, a $250 check or cash should be ready, payable to UC Regents.
This is a fee for course materials, and is non-refundable.  Financial assistance is available to cover the materials fee, and if you would like more information, contact Nicole Vanole by email:  She may also be reached at (805) 805-493-5174.
To be considered for the 2020 University of California Master Gardener training class,
please register for the either the

Tuesday, September 10th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. information session by clicking on this link:

OR the Thursday, September 12th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. information session by clicking on this link

Both information meetings will be held in the UCCE office, 669 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura.