Master Community Gardener Training Program

The Master Community Gardener Training Program is an 11-week train the trainer course designed to train community leaders in all aspects of community gardening with a focus on community organizing, as well as basic horticultural knowledge. This hands-on course teaches participants the skills they need to create and maintain strong, vibrant and sustainable community gardens. The course has an organic gardening emphasis and is designed for food-producing gardens. Participants receive 35 hours of instruction covering all aspects of community gardening; topics range from community organizing to organic gardening basics.

In exchange for the instruction, participants pay a $55 materials fee, and are required to return 30 hours of GiveBack, community service utilizing the new skills in existing or new community gardens. The course is open to residents of Metro Denver area who demonstrate involvement and/or interest in community gardening, with a class limit of 30 participants. Respectfully, community gardens and organizations are limited to two applicants. Enrollment is open to the public and all applications will be considered. Limited scholarships are available to cover the materials fee for qualified applicants. Participants must be able to commit to attend all the classes and hands-on activities and to complete the GiveBack hours.

The application period for the 2019 program is closed – click here to receive a reminder for the 2020 program! Note that participants are welcome to apply for either the Master Composter Program OR the Master Community Gardener Program in a given year.

Class Requirements:

  • Attendance and active participation in all 11 classes. Classes are hands-on and include some outdoor activities.
  • Complete required reading assignments and participate in the hands-on group activity, which will include assignments outside of class time.
  • Complete 30 GiveBack hours by October 31st, 2019.

Location: Master Community Gardener classes will be held at The Horse Barn, at 1031 33rd Street in Denver.

GiveBack Hours: Participants are required to contribute 30 hours of community service utilizing their new skills in existing and/or new community gardens. Part of this effort will be dedicated to working with Garden Leaders and teaching at least one class at a community garden that addresses an area in which gardeners would like to improve their skills or increase their knowledge. A maximum of 15 hours may be done in a participant’s own community garden. A minimum of 15 hours must be done in DUG community gardens in which a participant is not currently involved. DUG staff will provide volunteer opportunities and additional guidance, but this aspect is self-directed. GiveBack hours must be approved before completed. Participants must fulfill 30 GiveBack hours by October 31st, 2019.

Fee: In exchange for the training, participants will pay a $55 materials fee and will be required to return 30 hours of GiveBack. Please bring payment to the first class and make checks payable to Denver Urban Gardens.

Scholarships: Limited full and partial scholarships are available for low-income households. To request a scholarship, please submit a letter explaining why you should be considered for a scholarship with your completed application no later than December 1st.

Schedule: Click here to view the 2018 Master Community Gardener class descriptions and schedule.

Application Deadline: Applications are closed for the 2019 program – click here to receive a for a reminder for the 2020 program! Note that participants are welcome to apply for either the Master Composter Program OR the Master Community Gardener Program in a given year.

Click here to open the program description and schedule as a pdf.

Use the form below to request a Master Community Gardener!

We ask that requests are made at least two weeks in advance and that any necessary materials are provided.