The Master Oyster Gardening Program is a series of sessions spanning the course of 7 months that will expand on knowledge beyond our Oyster Gardening Programs. Participants will learn oyster anatomy, ecology, farming, and sea food safety. ┬áSessions will also include trips to an oyster farm, hatchery, and sea food processing facility. At the end of the program, these certified ‘Master Oyster Gardeners’ will be able to assist in oyster gardening activities such as pick-ups, distribution, and garden maintenance without needing their own site.

The program is open to anyone, but those interested in oyster gardening who otherwise cannot participate are encouraged to apply. The program is free to participate in, not including personal travel expenses. Links to the application will go live at the end of February and will be found here on the website. Space is limited to 20 people and is given on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.

Below is a tentative schedule overview for Master Oyster Gardening sessions. Each session is 2-3 hours on one day each month. Dates and times are TBD:

  • April: Welcome, Introduction to Oysters (Zoom)
  • May: Oyster Ecology (Zoom)
  • June: Oyster Hatchery Tour (in-person)
  • July: Oyster Farm Tour (in-person)
  • August: Sea Food Processing Facility Tour (in-person)
  • September: Oyster Gardening Field Site (in-person)
  • October: Sea Food Safety Overview and Master Oyster Gardening Certification (in-person)