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Second master gardener training comes to area

Feather Publishing

This spring Plumas and Sierra counties graduated their first group of University of California Cooperative Extension master gardeners. “These new UCCE master gardeners are quickly becoming a valuable asset in the community, sharing their home gardening knowledge and enthusiasm,” says Master Gardener Program Representative Cody Reed.

Now this opportunity is being offered to residents of Plumas and Sierra counties for the second time. Applications for the new round of UCCE master gardener volunteers are currently being accepted. The training will take place at the Portola Rotary Clubhouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 5 – Dec. 5. The Master Gardener Program is run by University of California Cooperative Extension and this training is supported by Plumas Bank.

UCCE master gardeners are trained volunteers of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Master gardeners receive in-depth training from UC specialists, advisers and other professionals on a variety of topics including botany, composting, integrated pest management, soils, water management, entomology, plant pathology, fruit and ornamental tree culture and sustainable landscape practices.

After completing the training, UCCE master gardeners share research-based horticultural information with the community through workshops, newspaper articles, publications, a gardening help line and other means of educational outreach. Being a master gardener is a fun and intellectually stimulating volunteer activity that allows participants to serve their community.

“Residents of Plumas and Sierra counties are encouraged to apply,” said Reed. “Prior horticulture experience is encouraged but not required. We are seeking applicants with a strong volunteer ethic and a desire to make a long-term commitment to the program and their community.”

Applications are due Wednesday, Aug. 20, and can be downloaded from the Plumas-Sierra UC Cooperative Extension website,, or picked up at 208 Fairground Road in Quincy. For more information or to request an application via mail, contact Reed at 283-6572 or email



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