Q. How do I become a master gardener? Can I take the master gardener training class just to learn more about gardening?

A. These are some of the questions our garden helpline has been answering over the past few weeks.

For the first time, the master gardener training program will be offered fully online during the fall semester, making it possible for anyone in the world to take the class with access to a computer. I’m excited about this because I have been able to schedule some wonderful presenters for the class who would not normally travel to Shasta County. 

The class will be a mix of activities in the online learning management system Canvas, and some live Zoom presentations that will be recorded for those who can’t attend the live session. The training class will be fully online with no face-to-face meetings, but I do plan to send activity kits to students so they can do some hands-on activities with me during online demonstrations.