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Growing Gardeners

About the Growing Gardeners Program

Planning underway to hold these classes on line. We will have more information coming soon.

The Growing Gardeners Program provides garden education on topics of interest to gardeners in Contra Costa County.  The Program offers in-depth learning opportunities without the extended hours required to earn UC Master Gardener Certification and without the volunteer requirement. 

Each course within the Growing Gardeners Program includes 12 hours of instruction over four class sessions. Upon completing all 12 hours of instruction in a course, participants will become UC-Certified Growing Gardeners.

The Vegetable Gardening course, is described below.  It is designed for beginning gardeners.  

Please note that you must be at least 18 years old and a Contra Costa County resident to participate.

Vegetable Gardening Course

The Growing Gardeners Vegetable Gardening course teaches the basic principles of gardening, and includes a lesson highlighting how to grow vegetables for home consumption.  Topics include:

  • Soil and Water Management
  • Compost, Mulch & Fertilizer
  • Practical Botany & Useful Tools
  • How to Grow Vegetables
  • How to Attract Pollinators
  • Integrated Pest Management


Can't attend classes?

Even if you can't participate in our classes, it's easy to start a vegetable garden at home. 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.