Cache Master Gardeners
About Master Gardeners
The Utah State University Extension Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners provide information generated from research at USU and other university systems.
Cache County Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to:
- Manage gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner.
- Address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection.
- Reduce the impact of invasive species.
- Increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening.
Schedule and Topics
Master Gardeners receive 13-14 weeks of college-level lecture and hands-on training taught by USU Extension specialists and faculty. Classes for the 2018 program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 – May 2.
Class topics include: botany, soils, entomology, fruit trees, plant diseases, small fruits, vegetables, turf grass, weeds and pesticides, flowers, irrigation, season extension, and diagnostics.
The registration fee is $200, which includes the course manual and handouts. In addition to paying the registration fee, participants must complete the following in order to receive their official Master Gardener certificate:
- Complete the Conditions of Volunteer Service Form (which will be provided to you).
- Attend a minimum of 85% in-class training courses.
- Complete 40 hours of approved volunteer service after courses are completed.
- Report volunteer hours accurately and promptly through online software VMS (direction will be given on how to do so).