"Big Dig" Day of Giving Slated for 6/5

May 30, 2020

On Friday June 5th, UCCE Ventura will launch a local campaign as part of UC ANR's statewide giving day, which we're calling “Big Dig Day”...a day to “dig deep” to support the UCCE programs that you care about in Ventura County. 


Ventura County Master Gardener Program

We invite you to support our mission to extend research-based knowledge about home gardening, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to our communities. Our program is driven by 209 active volunteers who use UC science-based information to offer solutions to gardening, landscape, and pest challenges. Last year, our volunteers donated 12,561 hours of service to the program.

The Master Gardener Program helps Ventura County grow in many ways, including:

  • Offering water-wise workshops to help residents optimize use of a scarce resource

  • Staffing a helpline to answer questions for home gardeners

  • Working with other community organizations to maintain 9 demonstration gardens throughout Ventura County

  • Delivering dozens of educational and hands-on outreach programs and talks each year

Ventura County 4-H Program

Since 1914, the Ventura County 4-H Program has served generations of youth and families. Our motto is “To Make the Best Better.” Through our volunteer-driven experiential programs, we help Ventura County youth develop life and leadership skills that enable them to succeed. In the last 100 years, Ventura County has changed. But some things never change, including our belief in the power of youth. 

4-H grows here:

  • 7,300+ youth reached across Ventura County each year

  • 14 community and 2 military clubs providing educational opportunities in STEM, healthy living, animal husbandry, leadership, and civic engagement

  • Outreach programs delivered in classrooms and virtually that connect youth with one of our county's most important resources: agriculture 

  • Efforts driven and supported by 150 motivated and highly-trained volunteers 

Help us serve even more youth by donating on “Big Dig” Day.

What We're Asking

Now more than ever, we all know the value of community. In times of crisis and beyond, we are here. We live where you live.


By donating to the Master Gardener Program and the 4-H Program, you help us extend the knowledge and resources of the University to our community. Join us on 6/5 and #DigDeep to support our UCCE programs.


Mark your calendar, spread the word, and stay tuned for more details.

#BigDigDay #DigDeep

By Rose Marie Hayden-Smith
Author - Emeritus - UCCE Advisor in Digital Communications in Food Systems & Extension Education; Editor, UC Food Observer; Food and Society Policy Fellow

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