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Growing Gardeners

Our Growing Gardeners Zoom Course—Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Gardeners learning about vegetable gardening at the Walnut Creek demonstration garden run by the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa  County

Our current course (Jan 16–Feb 6, 2021) is now full. 

If you could not get into this course, don't worry! We offer several courses throughout 2021—and we plan to pilot a Spanish language version in late February 2021 (check back here!). You can also peruse and download our Vegetable Gardening Handbook for Beginners (scroll to the bottom of this webpage).

For questions about the Growing Gardeners project, contact mgcc.growinggardeners@gmail.com.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Course

Do you want to start growing your own vegetables? Do you have gaps in your vegetable gardening knowledge that may hold you back? Discover world-class UCANR* resources to solve problems in your garden? If so, join us live on Zoom, as our Growing Gardeners instructors help you gain the skills and confidence to grow vegetables successfully. Our instructors are eager to share their wealth of science-based knowledge with you.

This Vegetable Gardening for Beginners course covers the basic principles of growing your own vegetables. After you complete the course by attending all 12 hours of instruction, you receive a UC certificate as a Growing Gardener in Vegetable Gardening.


  • Evaluate your site
  • Select and plant your vegetables
  • Build healthy living soil
  • Harness the power of pollinators and beneficial insects
  • Efficiently irrigate your garden
  • Learn how to use UC science-based best practices and educational resources

*People have asked, "What is UCANR?" UCANR, for University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources, is the UC systemwide branch that runs educational and research programs on behalf of farmers, horticulturalists and the public. It evolved from the mandates set by the Morrill Land Grant Acts (first in 1862) that funded the establishment of agricultural colleges.


Can't attend classes?

Even if you can't participate in our classes, it's easy to start a vegetable garden at home. Peruse and download a copy of the Vegetable Gardening Handbook for Beginners and take a look at our helpful gardening articles under Sustainable Gardening and Edible Gardening.


Contact us at mgcc.growinggardeners@gmail.com.