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Fire Education Mariposa UCANR

Are you growing food on property impacted by wildfire? Fire introduces new considerations for growing produce and raising backyard poultry. In this free virtual webinar, learn from scientists who have studied urban wildfires in California, including: what questions to ask, how to improve soil health and make informed decisions about food safety, which agencies might have helpful information, and what remains unknown in this burgeoning field of study.

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020, 9:30 am - 11:30 am PST

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UCANR Mariposa has a Fire Education Program click here to check it out!

Ready for Wildfires? Click here to view resources

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FREE Virtual 2020 UC Master Gardener Mini Conference

Save the date for the 2020 UC Master Gardener Virtual Conference! This FREE virtual mini-conference will take place September 29 – October 1 and is open to the general public. All levels of gardeners are welcome!
We will be streaming LIVE to the UC Master Gardener YouTube channel and Facebook page, just pick the platform you prefer. Master Gardener volunteers can earn continuing education hours. Registration is not required, just pick and choose what sessions you would like to attend. All session are being recorded and posted on YouTube but we hope you can join in LIVE.


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We are still working remotely due to Covid 19 but moving is planned early October. The building looks great and the Master Gardener's plan to help with the garden beds out front. Thank you Madera County for another great office site. 

Master Gardener Helpline is only accepting e-mails. No phone calls. If you have a question please put your gardening questions in your e-mail and send to:

Thank you for your understanding.

To receive announcements of upcoming events and gardening education opportunities offered by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Fresno and Madera Counties Sign up here 

This Week in the Garden 

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Information this page adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition. Get your copy from  Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. Adapted by Judy Parker. 

Weekly information for what to do in your garden!

Seasonal Produce / What produce is in season and where can you find it? Click here to find Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and CSAs in Madera County

Integrated pest management (IPM)

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Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the environment.
Successful IPM begins with correct identification of the pest. Only then can a selection of appropriate IPM methods and materials be made.

Madera Master Gardeners in Action

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Since 1980, the University of California Master Gardener Program has been extending UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public. The UC Master Gardener Program is a public service and outreach program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices.

Read Elinor Teague garden articles!

Elinor Teague

A note from Elinor Teague to the readers:  After writing gardening columns for the Fresno Bee for 18 years, it is a pleasure to be able to continue to offer readers gardening advice and tips here on the Fresno and Madera County Master Gardeners’ website. 

To read August 2020 article click here

September will be a little late due to computer problems. Check back after September 15, 2020. 

Academy Garden at Juvenile Hall

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Take a look at the wonderful garden and congratulations to the probation officers and students!

"Three Sisters" Garden

2018 Iris Garden (1)
The Madera Master Gardeners program demonstration garden is located on a two-acre parcel allotted by the college for this purpose. Click here to see more

The State of California has issued a shelter-in-place order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Master Gardener Program, UCANR Fresno/ Madera program is now working remotely. We are still here to answer your questions and address needs during this unprecedented situation, however no public gardening classes or workshops are offered at this time.


sprinkers vs drip
Drip irrigation, in my opinion, has been the most important technological advancement for the California farmer in my lifetime. As an agricultural appraiser, I saw thousands of acres converted from flood irrigation to drip. Land that was traditionally difficult to farm because of topography and soil conditions became some of the most productive farmland in the valley. The reason is quite simple: drip irrigation effectively locates water to the root zone of plants. In addition, the slow application rates allow for better infiltration. Wasted water can almost be eliminated. To read more click on the link below!

Check with our Water Wise Gardener for more information and tips!


UC ANR leadership communications

UC Office of the President:
UC statement on protests, violence following George Floyd’s death 

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UC ANR Update from Glenda Humiston:
UC ANR stands firmly by values of diversity and inclusivity

UC Gardening Blogs

UC Master Gardener Conference Rescheduled for 2023
Every three years, we look forward to connecting UC Master Gardener volunteers, staff, academics, and friends to network, learn, and share their projects and stories. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, all large-gatherings have not been possible to help...

Welcome! New Program Coordinators
Edna BlackhurstTulare and Kings Edna Blackhurst has been with UCCE Tulare for more than 25 years.  As the office supervisor, Edna has supported the UC Master Gardener Program since 1997 under Michelle Le Strange, farm...

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