Do you love to garden? Are you interested in lifelong learning? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? And do you like the idea of community service? Marin Master Gardeners do all of these things and more! Working with a wonderful group of gardening enthusiasts you will gain knowledge about the life of the garden, and put what you know into practice for the benefit of others and our environment. Marin Master Gardeners focus their training and volunteer projects on the following principles: sustainable landscape practices, feeding your neighborhood and creating local food sources, and training people to promote youth gardening. Last year Marin Master Gardeners donated more than 23,500 hours to community service projects.
WHAT IS THE MASTER GARDENER TRAINING LIKE?
The 2013 Marin Master Gardener Training program will be an extensive 18-week training course, providing a practical overview of horticulture and sustainable landscape practices.
Training sessions meet weekly on Thursdays from January 10 to May 9, 2013. Each trainee will be introduced to a mentor to help guide them through the training class and to introduce them to the Marin Master Gardener organization. See the 2013 Training Program Information for more detailed information.Classes are taught by experts ranging from University of California faculty and staff, landscape and nursery professionals, local horticulture educators and Certified Master Gardeners.Topics that will be covered in the Training Program include:
Growing Vegetables and Fruits
Botany and Plant Taxonomy
Soils, Composting and Mulching
Insects – Pests and Beneficials
Integrated Pest Management
Water Wise Irrigation Practices
Ornamental Plants, Trees, and Shrubs
Drought Tolerant and Native Plants
Weeds and Invasive Plants, Fire-safe Planting
WHO BECOMES A MASTER GARDENER?
Any Marin resident with an interest in horticulture and a desire to volunteer for community service may apply to the Master Gardener Training Program. Marin Master Gardeners are people of all ages and come from all walks of life. They share an enthusiasm for gardening, some knowledge of plants, a willingness to learn and help others, and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT TO THE MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM?
In the first year Master Gardeners are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of UCCE sponsored volunteer service and 12 hours of Continuing Education. In subsequent years, to remain a Certified Master Gardener, a minimum of 25 hours of UCCE sponsored volunteer service and 12 hours of Continuing Education are required. See more details in 2013 Training Program Information.
WHAT TYPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK DOES A MASTER GARDENER DO?
Master Gardeners are the go-to People for University of California research-based horticulture information and for teaching sustainable gardening practices for healthy homes and gardens. They staff an information help desk in the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) office, answering questions, diagnosing plant problems, and giving horticultural assistance to home gardeners. They provide information through newspaper articles, plant clinics, talks and demonstrations and they work on a broad range of community horticultural and gardening projects. To learn more about Marin Master Gardener volunteer opportunities, go to Master Gardeners in the Community.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE MARIN MASTER GARDENERS PROGRAM?
Click on the 2013 Training Program Information link to view Master Gardener training information. Review the Application Procedures and Important Dates for Class of 2013 and download the 2013 Master Gardener Application. Fill out the application electronically, print it, sign it, and mail it to the address at the bottom of the application. Completed applications are due at the UCCE office September 14th by 4 P.M. Individual interviews take place in October, there is an Orientation Luncheon in November and successful applicants begin the training course in January of 2013. In accordance with applicable State and Federal laws and University policy, the University of California does not discriminate in any of its policies, procedures, or practices on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, citizenship or disability. Inquiries regarding this policy may be addressed to the Affirmative Action Director, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1111 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607-5200, (510) 987-0096.