MARIPOSA – Any Mariposa County resident interested in learning about what it means to become a Master Gardener, now is the time to attend a “Meet the Master Gardeners” orientation on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. until noon. The informational event will be held at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Chambers.
Master Gardener volunteers are trained by the University of California and dedicated to educating and advising local home gardeners. As such, UC Master Gardeners are representatives of the University of California Cooperative extension, and provide research-based information, advice and education for people who are looking for answers about pest control, home orchard management, vegetable gardens, composting, native plants, and more.
Any Mariposa County adult resident with an interest in horticulture and public service may apply for the Master Gardener Program. Other requirements include time to complete the 16 week training and having the time to volunteer knowledge to the community. A passion for gardening, good communication skills and a desire for continued education are also helpful.
This is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions and learn more about this highly acclaimed volunteer program from those who have already gotten plenty of dirt beneath their fingernails. It’s a chance for people to learn more about the training program and hear about some of the current volunteers’ experiences helping the public to keep the green side up.
Mariposa Master Gardeners say they have contributed over 40,000 hours of community service since 1995. To register online for the free informational event click here. The Board of Supervisors’ Chambers where the meeting will be held are located at 5100 Bullion Street in Mariposa.
The next training for Mariposa Master Gardeners begins in January, 2015. Click here to obtain an application for Master Gardener Training. The deadline application is Oct. 31, 2014. The Mariposa program is held every year, alternating between Mariposa and Merced counties for training locations.