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Master Urban Gardener 2016

Master Urban Gardener (MUG) program is accepting applications with a deadline of November 30, 2015. MUG is an intensive, skill-building training program for both novice and experienced gardeners. The program is open to 35 participants which preference given to those who are active community gardeners and demonstrate a commitment to sharing their skills with others.

The MUG program consists of 35 hours of classroom instruction, followed by at least 10 hours of volunteer service. The 2016 MUG classroom sessions will take place on seven Saturdays this winter starting January 30 and running through March 12. The classes will be held at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market.

Each Saturday will feature topical lectures as well as participatory activities covering everything you need to know to create a thriving community garden, from vegetable gardening and composting to community organizing.

Topics include:

  • Vegetable garden planning for bigger harvests
  • Botany and soil science for gardeners
  • Managing weeds, pests & diseases without chemicals
  • Composting in community gardens
  • How to facilitate garden meetings and workshops

For the service portion of the class, MUG participants choose from a number of projects including garden volunteering and Trustees Boston Region event support. By donating their skills and time, MUG participants gain invaluable in-the-field experience, while giving back.

For more information, contact Michelle de Lima, Adult Programming Manager, at or 617-542-7696 x2115.

Additional information also available at: Trustees of Reservations site.

Applications for the 2016 MUG course are due November 30, 2015.

The course fee is $75 for Trustees members and $125 for nonmembers. Scholarships available. Follow this link to apply online, or email to learn more.

You can also download an application from one of the links below.

Download MUG 2016 application as a docx.

Download MUG 2016 application as a pdf.