San Luis Obispo County
University of California
San Luis Obispo County

UC Garden Nutrition Extenders (UC GNE)

"I am very grateful because I have had so much support through [the UC GNE]program for the school garden. The support has been the difference between a struggling garden program and a thriving one."   – UC GNE 

A group of UC GNE volunteers.
A group of UC GNE volunteers.
 
Working with students
Working with students
 

What is a UC GNE?

 
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The University of California Garden Nutrition Extenders (UC GNE) in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are trained volunteers with hands-on skills to conduct garden

Student planting in the garden
Student planting in the 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 may receive Jr. Master Gardener certificates.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

New training scheduled for Summer 2018!

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 UC GNE training! The training will take place Mondays and Wednesdays July 9th - Aug 8th from 1pm-4pm for a total of 30 hours.

For more information, please contact Abbi Marrs mbmarrs@ucanr.edu 805-781-5947

Ready to apply?

Please complete an application by June 30, 2018.

Apply here!

 

 
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What are UC GNEs up to?

UC GNEs are out in their communities making a difference! Using evidence-based curricula aligned with grade level standards, UC GNEs help teachers get their students outside, learning, eating and growing 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

 

Webmaster Email: kesoule@ucanr.edu