The Master Gardener volunteer program was started in the early 70’s at the University of Washington. Farm Advisors became overwhelmed by all the incoming calls from home gardeners and homesteaders so they trained volunteers to answer these questions and the “Master Gardener Program” was born. The first University of California Master Gardener programs began in 1980 in Sacramento and Riverside counties. The Nevada County Master Gardener began soon thereafter in 1983. In 1991, we partnered with NID to develop a Demonstration Garden as a way to show and tell about good gardening practices.