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City of Watsonville Sponsors Green Gardener Certification Program

City of Watsonville, one of the sponsors of the Green Gardener Certification Program, gives community members the opportunity to get "Green Certified."

First Class of the Green Gardener Certification Program Begins!

Monday, February 25th was the  first class in the Green Gardener Certification-level series in Watsonville, and 42 students showed up, as well as a UC Cooperative Extension adviser who is going to launch a Green Gardener Certification Program in San Joaquin County. The class is 95% landscape maintenance workers.  The program is a bilingual training series and all but 3 students are Spanish-speaking.

Who sponsors this program?

The Program is  sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Water Conservation Coalition that includes:The City of Watsonville Municipal Utilities, Soquel Creek Water District, City of Santa Cruz Municipal Utilities, County of Santa Cruz Public Works/Stormwater, and Scotts Valley Water District.The classes are offered through Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education.

What is a Green Gardener?

Monterey Bay Certified Green Gardeners have completed a minimum of 20 hours of practical instruction in ecological landscape practices that conserve water, reduce waste, and prevent urban storm water pollution. After completing training, Green Gardeners must also pass a qualification exam.

By hiring a Green Gardener, you'll know that you are hiring someone who has been trained and tested in resource efficient landscape management practices. You will be working with a professional who has invested their own time and money to learn from their peers and expert trainers about landscape irrigation efficiency, low-maintenance landscaping, water wise plant selection, watershed health, fertilizer management, less-toxic pest management, and much more.

Here is a list of the Green Gardeners in Santa Cruz County.

Visit the Green Gardener website for more information.

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