About the Master Gardener Program
How do I become a Master Gardener?
To be certified, Master Gardeners must complete an application form, LiveScan and training course, then pass an exam. After certification, UCCE Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of 50 hours in the first year and 25 volunteer hours each year thereafter. There is also a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education required annually. Volunteer activities in Trinity County include workshops, technical assistance to school and community gardens and an information booth at the Farmers Markets and Fair. Volunteer activities focus on educating the community, not garden labor.
The next 50-hour training course is scheduled to run for 17 weeks from Jan 18th through May 17th, 2017. Most classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 pm at the Young Family Ranch, with 2 Saturday classes (fruit tree pruning and plant propagation). Master Gardener curriculum 2017
In the past, the course was offered and subsidized by the University of California. Due to budget cuts, that funding has ended. Shasta College is now offering the training as a 3 credit course (AGEH-60) with their regular fees. Financial aid is available for select students. New students must apply for admission to Shasta College, then register for the class. Returning students can just register for the class. For more information about admission, registration, fees and financial aid, contact the Weaverville campus at 623-2231.
The Master Gardener Handbook, 2nd edition is the required text for the class and is available for purchase at the class ($25). You can also use 1st edition if you have access to an older Handbook. Low income students may apply to the Trinity Master Gardener Program for a scholarship which will provide the new textbook at no cost.
If you have any questions about the Master Gardener program, you can contact Carol Fall at 623-3746 x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the statewide California Master Gardener Program, click here.
News from the Statewide Master Gardener Program
UC Master Gardeners and Outreach: A Tale of Two Events
Posted 3/14/2017 - If there is one thing I appreciate about my UC Master Gardener volunteer groups, it is their desire to rethink, change, evolve and avoid stagnation. Now, sometimes there are “growing pains” involved with expanding a program or developing a...
Search for Excellence Competition a Highlight of 2017 UC Master Gardener Statewide Conference
Posted 3/8/2017 - Looking to showcase the amazing projects happening in your county? Entries for the Search for Excellence (SFE) competition are now being accepted for the 2017 UC Master Gardener Conference! The conference is taking place August 23-25, 2017 at the Long...
With PlantRight, You Too Can Prevent the Sale of Invasive Plants
Posted 2/28/2017 - It's that time of year again. Soon, over 150 UC Master Gardener volunteers will head to plant nurseries throughout the state with clipboards, cameras, and data sheets in hand. In this 8th year of the survey, they will be searching for invasive ornamental...