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Growing Gardeners

Registration is FULL! For our Growing Gardeners "Vegetable Gardening" course 

Wow. The course filled up in 10 minutes (!!) after signup started. For those who didn't get in, this course is typically offered every other month. Sign up for our newsletter to get first notice.

This live Zoom course is ideal for beginning gardeners. Lessons cover the basic principles of gardening and include guidelines for Contra Costa County’s unique growing conditions. Participants who complete the course by attending all 12 hours of instruction will become "UC-Certified Growing Gardeners in Vegetable Gardening." The course costs $40. To sign up, you must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Contra Costa County.

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. 

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

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.