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Growing Gardeners


The Last "Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" Course of 2022 has begun


If we missed you this time around, we hope to see you in 2023.


Date Location Time
Saturday, Sept. 10 Zoom 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 17 In-person Walnut Creek 8:15 am - 12:45 pm
Saturday, Sept. 24 Zoom 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 1 Zoom 8:45 am - 12:00 pm


The course is free and open only to Contra Costa County residents 18 years of age or older who have not taken this course before. Class size is limited and can fill quickly!


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How Much Our Students Enjoyed the Course


"The scope, quality of materials and content, and the quality of the instructors were top shelf, in my view. I feel especially grateful that I was accepted to participate in this program. I would like to take my learning to the next level."

"On a scale of 1-10, the course was a 20!"

"It was amazing and inspiring, I want to continue learning and gardening and getting the textbook until I have time to do the full master gardener someday :) "

"Extremely satisfied. Worth my time and excited about applying what I learned."

"Loved the course and the effort put into the content and delivery. Most of all loved the time we spent in the demo garden, thank you all for making this possible."



We invite you to scroll to the bottom of this page to take a look at and download our Vegetable Gardening Handbook for Beginners.

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

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Course

Are you curious about how to start growing your own vegetables? Do you have gaps in your vegetable gardening knowledge that might be holding you back? Would you like to become familiar with world-class UCANR* resources that will help you solve your gardening problems?

If so, please join us, as our Contra Costa Master Gardeners guide a series of discussions on topics that will help answer your questions and give you the skills and confidence to grow vegetables successfully. Discover the value of learning about UC science resources.

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.


  • Evaluating your site
  • Selecting and planting your vegetables
  • Building healthy living soil
  • Harnessing the power of pollinators and beneficial insects
  • Efficiently irrigating your garden
  • Using UC best practices and resources

This course is ideal for beginners. 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.  

*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.