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06 June 2009 @ 01:25 pm
Contra Costa Master Gardeners and 4H: we need your help  
This is not a request for donations, just an effort to spread the word on how you can help the Master Gardener Program in Contra Costa County by buying pizza. :)

16 Round Table Pizza locations in Contra Costa County will donate 15% of the payment for your order on June 29th to the Contra Costa County arm of the UC Cooperative extension, if you bring in a copy of this flyer. This is at no additional cost, beyond the paper and ink needed to print the flyer. If you eat pizza and you can get to one of the locations on the back of the flyer between 11am and 10pm on June 29th, please make the effort.

For those unfamiliar with the Cooperative Extension in Contra Costa County, it runs the Master Gardener Program, which provides volunteers for school gardening education projects, booths at most farmer's markets in the area, the Master Gardener Helpline (which offers gardening help for anyone in the Bay Area), support for 4H, and more. As a Master Gardener myself, I can tell you this program does a lot more than most people think, and its funding has been completely cut as of June 30th. We've got some help to continue to at least December while we search for new funding sources, but we still need some operating expenses for the second half of this year, and the Round Table fundraiser could help a lot.

Master Gardener programs in other counties have also had funding cuts, but I'm not sure most of them have had funding completely cease at the end of this fiscal year. If you're concerned about the program in your home county, please call the Cooperative Extension in the county government section of your phone book and ask. They may need your help too. :)

Check out the flyer and the participating locations, and help out if you can, even if it's only by spreading the word. Thank you!