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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (May 26, 2017): Do you want to learn more about gardening and then give back to the community by educating others? Orientation sessions for our upcoming 2017-2018 UC Master Gardener Training Program begin today! Sessions are filling fast, so visit our Join Us page to learn more about what it means to be a UC Master Gardener volunteer, and visit our New Training Class page to register for an orientation session.
Hopefully you didn't miss International Compost Awareness Week, but if you did, be sure to look for soil and compost-related presentations announced regularly on this website.
Thank you Contra Costa! You've really come out and supported us at our three Great Tomato Plant Sale locations, including the final sale in Antioch. The proceeds from these sales help fund our educational outreach programs all across the County, such as consulting assistance for dozens of community and school gardens, regular Ask a Master Gardener tables at local Farmers Markets and other venues, our year-round Help Desk, community presentations, and of course, Our Garden, the amazing demonstration garden created by the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County. We couldn't do these things without your ongoing support for our mission, and it is sincerely appreciated.
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
The spring season is well underway! From mid-March through October we are staffing Ask a Master Gardener tables all around the county where you can get free gardening help from UC Master Gardeners right on the spot. Check here for lots of upcoming events. And, anytime you need help, don't forget that UC Master Gardener advice services are available nearly all year long! For problem diagnosis and answers to your gardening questions, just contact our Help Desk. The Help Desk is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon. You can walk in, call, or email us for help. Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.
Check out our fruit & nut selection guide that you can use to help plan a new or upgraded home orchard. Also check out our blog, HOrT COCO, with lots of the most typical Help Desk questions and answers. Like what you see? Subscribe here.
Would you or your organization like to start a community garden? We now offer consulting services for such efforts. Please visit our new Community Gardens page for details.
Keep conserving water...no matter what. While we're thrilled with all the winter rain these past several months, and even though sometimes it's been overwhelming, remember that water conservation continues to be vital to California's long-term health and resilience. An August 2016 law, SB-814, was adopted that requires urban water districts to define excessive water use and impose restrictions/penalties during the inevitable drought emergencies. Meanwhile, the State Water Resources Control Board's emergency conservation regulation requiring locally developed conservation standards has been extended as of February 2017. Read more...
For water conservation tips, check out our Drought Tips page, as well as a HOrT COCO Blog entry on Smart Controllers. Want a quick and easy fix? Many of us have areas of lawn that serve no particular purpose. Try sheet mulching unused turf to save water and improve your soil at the same time.
Speaking of soil...did you know... 2015 was the International Year of Soils! Visit http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/ for more information. Most Contra Costa soils contain plenty of the nutrients plants need. Keeping your soil healthy will let you cut back drastically on landscape fertilizing. Less fertilizing means less watering (and more money in your pocket)!
After 30 years, we've changed the official name of our organization to UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County, emphasizing our relationship to the University of California. But, only the name is changing...our contact information and all our services remain just the same.
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Spotlight on Our Garden
The Story of Our Garden.
Our Garden is a focal point for UC Master Gardener educational activities, an ongoing collaborative edible garden managed by dedicated volunteers and supported by generous sponsors. Short demonstrations and classes taught every Wednesday from April through October offer the public a free and open venue for up close and personal learning about the process of growing one's own food. Special events supplement this outreach. Food produced by Our Garden is donated to local charitable organizations.
Where We Are Right Now
|Brentwood Farmers' Market||5/27/2017|
|Danville Farmers' Market||5/27/2017|
|Diablo Valley Farmers' Market (WC-Shadelands)||5/27/2017|
|Pinole Farmers' Market||5/27/2017|
|Martinez Farmers' Market||5/28/2017|
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