UC Master Gardeners are University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) trained volunteers from your own communities. It is a public service and outreach program that provides research based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public and is done by our volunteers at no cost to the public. More information about the program can be found at: http://acmg.ucanr.edu
The proceeds from this plant sale will support our public outreach and community education efforts like talks and demonstrations, plant clinics and our help desk. They will also go toward training at community gardens, support for school garden programs and information tables at farmers markets and nurseries.
Outreach and Education
Backyard gardening is on the rise during this pandemic, so our outreach is even more important. In fiscal year 2020, our help desk responded to 47.6% more inquiries compared to the previous year. In a survey we conducted, 89% of respondents said they are starting to or are improving growing edible plants, resulting in a more secure food system.
As an example of our school programs, we supported 35 Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Learning Gardens in Title 1 schools, and mentored 25 Food Corps interns and Garden Stewards to manage the school gardens. We also donated 4,000+ vegetable seedlings and compost to OUSD school gardens and to families at school food distribution sites.
Following the COVID-19 regulations, our Master Gardeners kept the demonstration gardens thriving and allowed members of the public to visit and learn safely. We also delivered 30 free talks and presentations via Zoom.
Our demonstration gardens are located in Albany, Hayward, Fremont (Quarry Lakes), Livermore and Oakland. We hope to have one in Pleasanton in the future. Not only are they places you can learn, but great places to take a walk. You can learn more about the gardens on our website http://acmg.ucanr.edu, or click here for the link to our Demonstration Gardens.
We hope you love the plants our Master Gardeners have selected for this year’s sale. Thank you for supporting our mission to have healthier plants, a healthier environment, healthy gardeners and healthier communities.
And if you didn’t purchase plants, but would still like to support our mission, please click the Donate button below. It will take you to the Give page on our website.