Saturday, January 14, 2012

Master Gardeners-Sunday January 22nd!

Looking for free advice about gardening?
Information on what to plant this time of year?
Or just wanting to pick up a starter plant or seeds for your garden?

The UCCE LA County Master Gardeners are back with free seeds, seedlings and advice to give away at the Market on Sunday January 22nd.

While you're there, ask them about the award winning Seed Library of Los Angeles - see this article in the LA Times!

Since 1978, UC Cooperative Extension's Common Ground Program has made gardening possible for many Los Angeles County residents, particularly low-income and traditionally underrepresented families. The program goals are to improve nutrition; increase access to fresh, low-cost produce; offer gardening education; build bridges between neighbors and communities; help create employment opportunities; and encourage a cleaner, greener Los Angeles. Families learn how to garden, grow their own food and prepare it in a healthful manner. In addition, the program trains community volunteers and Master Gardeners, who in turn, volunteer their time to community and school gardens.
You may want to consider signing up for the Master Gardener volunteer training program!

They will also be answering questions about the LA County Master Food Preserver Certification/Training program!
The LA County Master Food Preserver Certification/Training program is now open for applications, deadline is Feb 10.

If you are someone who wants to learn about all aspects of food preservation and food safety, then teach low-resource communities the same, and if you love to volunteer, this program is for you. Any blog posts/Patch posts/tweets/FBs would be appreciated.
It's highly competitive -- and the people who are in the program are also charged with helping to rebuild it from the ground up, as it had been out of commission for 14 years until its revival last year, when two classes graduated. Henceforth, there will only be one class per year. Apply now!

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