Since 1980, the University of California Master Gardener Program has been extending UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public. The UC Master Gardener Program is a public service and outreach program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices.
The UC Master Gardener Program is an example of an effective partnership between the University of California and passionate volunteers. In exchange for training from the University, UC Master Gardeners offer volunteer services and outreach to the general public in more than 1,286 demonstration, community and school gardens across 52 California counties. Last year 6,154 active UC Master Gardener volunteers donated 446,237 hours, and 6.8+ million hours have been donated since the program’s inception.
The program impacts communities by enhancing local, sustainable, healthy food systems for families, neighborhoods and communities. It also supports healthy plants and healthy environments with sustainable landscaping practices, water conservation, green waste reduction and wildlife enhancement.
Scott is currently the UCCE Program Coordinator for the UCCE San Diego Master Gardener Program and the UCCE San Diego County Healthy Garden Healthy Home Program. He has been in the MG role since 2012 and the HGHH role since 2004.
He has also worked for the UC for 34+ years. Scott received his M.Ed. from Colorado State University in 1986 and his B.S. in Agricultural Education from UC Davis in 1984. He has lived in San Diego County most of his life and has a 49 year relationships with the local UCCE office.