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Community Resources

The Master Gardener Program works with a number of Community Programs, Agencies, and Organizations. 

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Click on any of the titles below to find Bay Area community resources

University of California Cooperative Extension for Alameda County

The Master Gardeners operate through the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a joint venture between UC Davis, our local land grant university, and the County of Alameda.  At UCCE, staff work with academic advisors to provide nutrition and educational services to Alameda County residents.

StopWaste for Schools

StopWaste works with students, teachers, and school district staff across Alameda County to become leaders in waste prevention and proper recycling and composting at school.

Edible Schoolyard Project

The Edible Schoolyard is a nonprofit cooking and gardening program located on the campus of Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley. Its extensive website provides a wealth of information on virtually every aspect of school gardening, including tips and suggestions on things they "learned the hard way."

School Garden Network grows healthy students, families, schools, and communities through garden-based education. Grant and partnership education is available on the website. 

Community Resources for Science (CRS)

CRS helps elementary teachers use science resources to give all kids access to hands-on learning experiences. By becoming CRS members, teachers can request individual consulting for developing lesson plans to meet grade-level science standards, logistical support for in-class presentations, and locating grant applications as well as many other benefits.

The Watershed Project

The Watershed Project is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to support healthy watersheds in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Western Growers Charitable Foundation (WGCF)

WGCF is a charitable foundation established by the Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association in California and Arizona. WGCF has established a School Garden Program that raises funds to start and maintain gardens at every school in California and Arizona and provide children opportunities to become more closely linked with their food supply. 

 California School Garden Network (CSGN)

The CSGN works to facilitate the connection between school gardening resource organizations and educators. Its members represent a variety of state agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. The Network serves as a central organization to distribute school garden resources and support throughout the state. It provides information on teacher training, grants and fundraising, and curriculum resources as well as other helpful links.

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program (NSGP)

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program (NSGP) aims to reconnect youth with their food by teaching them how to grow, cook and enjoy real food. Through increased confidence, knowledge gain and skill building, we want to empower children to become active participants in their food choices. By becoming informed eaters, today’s children will help make a positive impact on the larger world of food and farming well into the future.

The goal of the NSGP is to support educators, volunteers, garden leaders andlocal Slow Food chapters become more effective in sustaining school garden programs in their community. We hope chapters will serve as a local school garden hub of important resources and volunteer assistance, as well as a connector that facilitates partnerships in local communities. 

City Slicker Farms

City Slickers builds raised bed gardens in homes in Oakland.  The Master Gardener Program helps by providing gardening mentors for the Backyard Gardening program.