Over the Garden FenceJune 14, 2021 - The Farmers’ Market began its annual schedule (every Wednesday, May through October) beginning May 19 from 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., at the bottom of 6th Street and Stroming Road adjacent to the Mariposa Creek Parkway in beautiful downtown Mariposa.

Locally grown fruits and vegetables -- many organic -- are offered from various vendors, but that’s not all. Crafts, prepared goods, information booths, and more can be found under different booth canopies.

One such recurring information booth is peopled by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Mariposa County. Trained volunteers of the UC Master Gardener Program provide practical and accurate horticultural information to home gardeners. Regardless of whether your inquiries are about growing fruits and veggies, landscaping, wildfire mitigation, ornamental plants, water-saving strategies, soil improvement, etc., the Master Gardeners will be there to advise you.

Our volunteer staff promotes successful and sustainable gardening practices by providing home gardeners with research-based information from the University of California and other academic or government institutions. If the Master Gardeners at the information booth cannot answer your questions on the spot, the staff can later access an extensive library, University of California Agricultural Advisors, university research, and a microscope for researching home gardening problems. They will research your issues and contact you with answers.

Additionally, the volunteers there will have information about events and community projects that the Master Gardeners participate in. Consider learning about the Mariposa Creek Parkway Demonstration Garden, the Plant & Garden Art Sales, the Mariposa Butterfly Festival, the Mariposa County Fair Horticulture Building, and even how to become a UCCE Master Gardener.

So, during your shopping spree at the Farmers’ Market, bring your questions or specimens to the Master Gardener booth and see how the Master Gardeners can assist you with valuable gardening information.

For assistance, contact our Helpline at (209) 966-7078 or at mgmariposa@ucdavis.edu. We are currently unable to take samples or meet with you in person but welcome pictures.

Updated: The U.C. Master Gardener Helpline is staffed; Tuesdays from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and Thursdays from 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. 
Clients may bring samples to the Agricultural Extension Office located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, but the Master Gardener office is not open to the public. We will not be doing home visits this year due to UCANR restrictions.

Serving Mariposa County, including Greeley Hill, Coulterville and Lake Don Pedro
Please contact the helpline, or leave a message by phone at: (209) 966-7078
By email (send photos and questions for researched answers) to: mgmariposa@ucdavis.edu 

For further gardening information and event announcements, please visit: UCMG website: http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener
Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/mariposamastergardeners 

Master Gardener Office Location:
UC Cooperative Extension Office,
5009 Fairgrounds Road
Mariposa, CA 95338 

Phone: (209) 966-2417
Email: mgmariposa@ucdavis.edu
Website: http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener

Visit the YouTube channel at UCCE Mariposa.