Interested in becoming a UC Master Gardener volunteer? » Holtville Tribune

HOLTVILLE — The University of California Cooperative Extension-Imperial County Master Gardener Program will begin accepting applications for the next training course beginning in January 2023. The application period opens on Monday 26 September and will remain open until Friday 18 November. .

We are looking for 50 adults in Imperial County who have the time and interest to teach others, who love to grow plants and want to learn more about horticulture.

UC Master Gardener volunteers go through a 15-week training course on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., generally from January to early June. There is a $130 class fee to cover textbooks and other expenses. Classes are scheduled to be held at UC Cooperative Extension-Imperial County. The address is 1050 E. Holton Road, Holtville, CA 92250. Some selected classes are taught by highlighting.

Classes taught by UCANR advisors provide a basic introduction to horticulture and pest management. Topics include botany, soil and fertilization, irrigation, entomology, plant pathology, weed management, vertebrate pests and horticulture, fruit trees and ornamental trees. Students who successfully complete the training course and pass the final exam are certified as UCCE Master Gardeners.

UC Master Gardener volunteers help UCCE provide county residents with research-based information on home gardening, non-commercial horticulture and pest management. In exchange for their training, new UC Master Gardener volunteers agree to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service at approved activities within one year of certification. After the first year, veteran Master Gardeners agree to complete a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education to remain active in the program.

The application will be on the Imperial County Master Gardener Program website:

https://ucanr.edu/sites/ImperialCountymg/Volunteer_for_UC_Master_Gardener/

Want to learn more?

Below is a list of all public information sessions:

Thursday, September 29

Imperial Public Library

200 W. Ninth St., Imperial, CA 92251

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 5

BEST STEP AHEAD

210 N Railroad Road, Calipatria, CA 92233

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m

Wednesday, October 12

Calexico City Library

850 Encinas Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 18

Boys and Girls Club of America – Brawley

watch out

165 S. Plaza St., Brawley, CA 92227

6 p.m. – 7 p.m

Thursday, October 20

UC-Cooperative Extension Imperial County

1050 E. Holton Road, Holtville 92250

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, November 7

Through amplification

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

There you will learn more about the volunteer program and how to apply. Attendance is not required to apply. The UC Master Gardener Coordinator and UC Counselor review all applications, interview applicants, and decide who is accepted into the program. Additional informational sessions may be added for an updated list.

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