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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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    Photo by MCBG Volunteer, Jill Surdzial

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MCBG Volunteers help feed the Fort Bragg community!

Each Friday in March from 10AM to 12PM
March 4, 11, 18, and 25

TRAINING HAS BEGUN and registration for this opportunity is closed. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens please fill out our brief Volunteer Application to tell us a bit more about yourself.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is offering free training to those who would like to join the team of knowledgeable and passionate volunteers in our organic demonstration Vegetable Garden. This training is for those who can commit to at least 4 hours of volunteer work in the MCBG Vegetable Garden per week during the 2022 growing season (April - October). The MCBG Vegetable Garden donates more than three tons of fresh organic produce to the Fort Bragg Food Bank annually, and we supply our seasonal café with produce twice a week. We inspire and teach tens of thousands of visitors, including school groups, to grow their own gardens. We need your help to keep this giving garden growing!

Learn about crop rotation and planting, propagation, soil preparation, pests, diseases, weeds (ID, prevention, and control) companion planting, and harvesting techniques. We ask that you attend all four sessions so you can see how the garden is run and the techniques we use in a comprehensive, systematic way. Schedules will be flexible after the initial training.

TO SIGN UP for the Vegetable Garden volunteer training please contact Wyatt at


MCBG Garden Manager, Jaime Jensen, has been growing vegetables on the coast for 11 years. Her love of plants began with a passion for growing food organically and sustainably. Her teaching philosophy is firmly rooted in healthy soil.

MCBG Horticulturist, Wyatt Emig, recently moved to the coast after completing the Professional Horticulture Program at the famed Longwood Gardens. Wyatt has spent the past two years living, studying, and breathing horticulture, though his passion for growing plants really took off in high school.



Start Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

End Date: Friday, March 25, 2022