Be a Master Gardener 12/11/13

Master Gardener Program Comes to Plumas & Sierra Counties

If you’re feeling frustrated at the end of this growing season because your garden didn’t produce the bushels of tomatoes or beds of colorful flowers you had imagined, you’re in luck. Plumas and Sierra counties have just joined the ranks of California counties with Master Gardener Programs.

The UC Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program extends the most current research-based information about horticulture and pest management to home gardeners. The Master Gardener program provides detailed training to local volunteers in advanced plant science and sustainable gardening practices that are applicable to local conditions. Upon completion of the training, volunteers share their newly acquired knowledge with the community through the media, talks and workshops. Core subjects of the training include environmentally sound horticultural practices; soil and plant nutrition; pest identification and management; plant problem diagnosis; and composting and green waste management.

Applications are currently being accepted for the first University of California Master Gardener Training in Plumas & Sierra Counties.  The training will take place at Feather River College on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., from January 11 – April 26, 2014.

Residents of Plumas & Sierra Counties are encouraged to apply.  Prior horticulture experience is encouraged but not required.  We are seeking applicants with a strong volunteer ethic and a desire to make a long-term commitment to the program and their community.

Applications are due Friday, December 20th and can be downloaded from the Plumas-Sierra UC Cooperative Extension website www.ucce-plumas-sierra.ucdavis.edu  or picked up at 208 Fairground Rd. in Quincy.  For more information or to request that an application be mailed to you please contact Cody Reed at 530-283-6572 or email creed@ucanr.edu .

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