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"Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" Now Combines Zoom with In-Person Sessions!


Come close out summer with us and join our "Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" course - on Zoom, including an in-person session with our gardening instructors!


Registration is now closed! We are full.

We're sorry if we missed you this time around. We'll be offering the class one more time this year in October. Watch this web page for announcements.


Dates: Saturdays. September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Instruction Times:

Week 1: Zoom 9:00 AM - Noon
Week 2: In Person 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM 
Week 3: Zoom 9:00 AM - Noon
Week 4: Zoom 9:00 AM - Noon

In-person session: Saturday, September 18. Location in Walnut Creek TBA. Covid safety requirements: masks, seating distanced. Bring water, hats and sun screen!

Cost: Registration is free! A discounted Vegetable Gardening Pest Guide will be available for purchase at our face-to-face session on week 2.
>>To attend you must be 18 years of age or older, a Contra Costa County resident, and a first-time registrant.


One More Class in 2021!

Join us this fall for our last class series of the year. 

  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: October 9, 16, 23, 30 

We'll announce signup dates here - check back or Sign up for our seasonal newsletter and events announcements.


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We invite you to peruse and download our Vegetable Gardening Handbook for Beginners (scroll to the bottom of this web page).

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.