When and how do I apply to the program?
Applications are being accepted now! The application deadline is November 5th 2014. Applications can be found on our website or by calling the office at 209-953-6112.
How long does the training last?
The five hour classes will be conducted Wednesday mornings. (8:30 am to 1:30 pm). Attendance is mandatory at all classes. Classes are held in the UCCE Office.
Who teaches the classes and what will I learn? All classes are taught by University specialists, horticulture advisors, and community experts. Topics include:
- introduction to horticulture
- water and fertilizer management
- ornamentals and drought tolerant plants
- turf management
- landscape trees
- planting and maintenance
- introduction to insects
- integrated pest management
- water quality
- home vegetable gardening
- plant disease diagnosis
- weed identification and management
- home orchards
- fruit and nut trees
- small fruits and grapevines
- diagnosing garden and landscape problems
How do I qualify to be a San Joaquin County Master Gardener trainee?
Applicants must be residents of San Joaquin County. This Master Gardener program is administered by the San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension office. If you are not a San Joaquin County resident, contact your local Cooperative Extension office for training information. A past history of volunteering in the community is the main qualification we look for in applicants. The past volunteer activities do not need to be horticulture related. Prior horticulture training and/or experience is preferred but not required.
Is a fee charged for the training classes?
A fee of $180.00 to cover training and resource materials is charged for the training. (2015 class registration fee. Fees are subject to change.)
What happens after I graduate and become a Master Gardener? After attending all class sessions, and all the weekly quizzes and final exam are completed, trainees receive a graduation certificate. New Master Gardeners are required to contribute fifty hours of community volunteer work during the next twelve months. Every year thereafter, twenty-five hours of volunteer activity is required.
UCCE approved volunteer opportunities are available for Master Gardeners to extend University research based information to the gardening community in Sacramento County. Volunteer activities include conducting workshops, diagnosing plant problems, and speaking to community groups. We also dispense advice over the phone and with social and mass media. Each year twelve hours of continuing education is also required.
For more information visit our website or give us a call at 209-953-6112