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Becoming a Master Gardener

Would you like to hone your gardening skills? Master Urban Gardener (MUG) is an intensive training for vegetable gardeners of all experience levels.


Now in its twenty-third year, MUG has long been a forum where both novice and experienced gardeners come to build their skills, sharing innovative and best practices for growing anywhere from the front porch to the community garden plot. MUG is an intensive, skill-building training for community and home gardeners from Greater Boston and beyond. Whether you’re just getting started or have been gardening for decades, MUG covers everything you need know to thrive in a community garden: soil science, botany for gardeners, organic pest and disease management, edible native perennials, garden planning, starting a community garden, preserving the harvest, composting, and more. MUG is not an official Master Gardener training—it requires fewer class and volunteer hours and focuses on small-space growing of edible crops.

Master Urban Gardener is open to community and residential gardeners who demonstrate a commitment to sharing skills with others. The program content is tailored to the climate and resources of Greater Boston but is open to all gardeners from Massachusetts and New England.

Winter 2022 Course Schedule:

The Winter 2022 course will consist of two live Zoom sessions per week: Saturdays 10am-noon and Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm from January 29th to March 19th. Please note that these dates and times are subject to change. All sessions will be recorded but participants are expected to join live as often as they can. MUG students are asked to perform 10 hours of volunteer service before receiving their certificate.

Application Information:

Applications are due by January 14th. Early applications are encouraged. The course fee is on an income-based sliding scale, ranging from $0 – $300. Apply here or emailarabiyah@thetrustees.org to learn more.

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