Educational & Community Programs
A Gardening Education Center for the UCCE Master Gardeners of SM/SF Counties
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners Program of San Mateo/San Francisco Counties is raising funds for a Gardening Education Center to augment our ability to be the premier resource for our community for horticulture information and education. Such facilities, including state-of-the-art greenhouses and demonstration gardens, will allow us to educate the community on water-wise gardening practices and environmentally sound horticulture techniques. Also, with adequate and stable growing facilities, the healthy survival of the UCCE Master Gardeners of SM/SF will be insured, as the growing of seedlings are one of the major cost-recovery projects for the organization.
- Support and encourage healthy communities through educational programs on seeding, propagation and transplanting seedlings, as well as proper growing techniques that will be taught at our new facilities.
- Expand our outreach to underserved populations by providing classes at the facilities on urban gardening, and how to be more organic and use less pesticides and teaching gardeners “beyond mow & blow.”
- Introduce families to healthy food sources, nutritional education and obesity prevention.
- Provide space for growing “starts” for demonstration gardens and school gardens.
- Develop a strong set of partnerships with other organizations in the community.
- Provide hands-on initial training opportunities for new Master Gardeners.
- Increase the plant-science expertise of and provide Continuing Education opportunities for Master Gardeners.
- Provide a site in an area where the climate is more representative of the Peninsula for the growing of tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and other plants for cost-recovery purposes.
- Supply a growing environment for new ventures, such as drought-tolerant plants.
- Educate and provide a model for community members on environmentally sound and sustainable techniques and principles that have been incorporated into our state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities such as solar, water-wise applications (i.e. gutters with rain barrels to capture rain), and other models that could be applied at their own homes.
How to Help
To make our vision for a Gardening Education Center come true, please make a gift to our UC Master Gardener Program.
To donate online, select the Make A Gift button on this page (in the “Comments:” box on the donation form, please add: “GEC”).
To donate by check, please make checks payable to UC Regents and specify the Garden Education Center. Mail to:
UCCE Master Gardeners SM/SF Counties
1500 Purisima Creek Rd.,
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
How to Help
Help make our vision for a Gardening Education Center come true by making a gift to our UC Master Gardener Program.
Donate online here. In the Comments box, please enter "GEC".