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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 covers the fundamentals of organic food gardening in detail over eight 5-hour sessions. Topics include soil science and care, botany, sustainable growing practices, garden planning, pest and disease management, composting, seed starting and saving, and more. Sessions are taught by university extension experts, local farmers and landscapers, veteran community gardeners, and The Trustees Boston Community Gardens’ staff. Participants bring their varied experiences to the class, and a significant amount of peer knowledge sharing takes place as well.
Please note that MUG is not an official Master Gardener course; it is tailored to urban food gardeners and does not have the same classroom and volunteer hour requirements. The course takes place in a classroom and is primarily lecture-based, integrating group and hand-on activities where possible.
MUG is aimed at training community gardeners to be experts and organizers in their gardens, but it is also open to home gardeners who are active in their communities. After completing the program, participants perform valuable volunteer service in the Boston area gardening community. MUG graduates are integral to Trustees Boston Community Gardens events and workshops, particularly the Annual Gardeners’ Gathering and South End and Jamaica Plain Garden Tours. Over the years, MUG graduates have contributed over 20,000 hours of service and have also led community gardening efforts in Boston and beyond.
Between the classroom and service hours, MUG is a significant time commitment, but past participants have found it well worth it given the skills, confidence, and friends they gain. Classes run from 10AM-3PM with a lunch break and are located at the Trustees Boston office at 200 High Street, 02110.