Thank You, Master Gardeners!

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans got answers to their gardening problems in 2020 thanks to University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. That’s one of the inspiring statistics and stories in a recently released annual report from the group. If you are not familiar with them, master gardeners have been around since 1977. The program is run by…

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Our Garden Outreach Programs Stepped Up in 2020

This article by MSHS Community Outreach Manager Courtney Tchida originally appeared in the January/February 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. Year in Review:  Garden-in-a-Box and Minnesota Green Covid-19 may have shut down schools and local businesses, but it certainly didn’t stop our program participants from growing. We were inspired to dig even deeper—finding ways to continue…

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Spotlight: Growing for Health

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. It was a natural partnership—a world-class health organization looking for ways to promote growing fresh vegetables and a group of experienced gardeners eager to serve their community. When the Mayo Clinic reached out to the Dodge County Master Gardeners in 2017, both groups were…

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Thanks, State Fair Garden Partners

This article originally appeared in the Jul/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Sometimes it takes a village to raise a garden, and thankfully, we’ve found a village of collaborators in the Adopt-a-Garden Program at the Minnesota State Fair. MSHS is indebted to our special partners who have come together to create and maintain these gardens…

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10 Reasons Gardens Matter

Sunday was the official National Gardening Day, a day to mark appreciation for gardeners and gardening in what is for most of the country mid-spring. For us, it’s just another day of snow melting. But gardens matter, and for so many reasons. Here are 10 we think are particularly important: 1. It’s good for your…

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Children’s Garden in Ramsey County

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. “The goal of the Children’s Garden in Residence at St. Paul City School is to bring elementary school kids a hands-on curriculum based on gardening,” says Jamie Aussendorf, the Ramsey County Master Gardener administrator of the program. She’s joined by three…

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Minnesota Green: CAPI

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April issue of Northern Gardener. CAPI is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 4,000 low-income immigrants and refugees primarily living in Hennepin County. Within its food and nutrition services, CAPI offers a garden program that creates access to culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian and…

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Growing Together: Rochester’s Green Thumb Initiative

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. “Plants have been a great way for us to build relationships with the students and for them to connect with the school,” says Rochester Alternative Learning Center (ALC) Principal Gordy Ziebart about the ALC Green Thumb Initiative. ALC works with students who are under-served…

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Minnesota Green: Minnesota Food Association

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener magazine. For more information about Minnesota Green, contact Tom McKusick at MSHS. The Minnesota Food Association (MFA) operates Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix where it teaches sustainable farming methods to new farmers, many from diverse backgrounds, who grow certified organic produce.…

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Spotlight: Renewing the Countryside Garden in a Box

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. If you are interested in the Garden in a Box program, contact author Sam Johnson at MSHS. If you’re like me and had two working parents growing up, you often spent time at a neighbor’s with all of the local kids in a…

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