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UC Garden Nutrition Extenders (UC GNE)

What is a UC GNE?


The University of California Garden Nutrition Extenders (UC GNE) program has been developed to fill a need in school garden education in San Luis Obispo and Santa

Student planting in the garden
Student planting in the garden
developing skills to conduct garden enhanced nutrition education including: planning school gardens, planting with the seasons, tasting food from the garden, connecting garden to cafeteria, working with educators and students, and providing outdoor education. 

UC GNEs are currently working in classrooms (pre-K through 4th grade) in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties teaching the Learn, Grow, Eat Go! 4-H Junior Master Gardener curriculum. Classrooms that complete all lessons and develop their own service learning project receive Jr. Master Gardener certificates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have more questions, please contact the School Garden Sustainability Coordinator, Lisa Paniagua at


What are UC GNEs up to?

The UC GNE program is vital to establishing the farm-to-school link through evidence-based, learner-centered curriculum (Learn, Grow, Eat & Go-Jr. Master Gardener) and engaging activities in the garden.

UC GNEs on the Food Blog: 

School gardens get new life from UC Cooperative Extension volunteers

UC CalFresh & 4-H Youth Development Partnership, UCCE San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties


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