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Our Growing Gardeners Zoom Course—Vegetable Gardening for Beginners



Registration for our next "Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" class is now closed. If you didn't make it in this time, watch for the next class in June.

DATES: Held online. Saturdays, March 27, April 3, 10, and 17
TIME: 9:00 AM
COST: $40 - non-refunadable, paid at time of registration
You must be at least 18 years or older and a Contra Costa County resident.


Announcing New Classes for 2021!

Join us this spring as we kick off an expanded schedule of our popular “Vegetable Gardening for Beginners” and “Jardineros en el Huerto” courses. Start planning now to reserve a spot. This course typically fills up very quickly, sometimes within minutes from the time registration opens. Space is limited to 35 participants.

The course dates are:

  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: March 27, April 3, 10, 17
  • Jardineros en el Huerto: May 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: July 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: September 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2
  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: October 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 

As they become available, we will announce the upcoming registration dates and you will be able to sign up on this page.


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

We offer several courses throughout 2021—and we are piloting a Spanish language version in late February 2021 (see announcement above). 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.