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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. “We want to feed hungry people in our community,” says Andy Lapham, community garden director with Sisters’ Camelot, a community-supported food share with community gardens. Volunteers collect donated organic produce that would otherwise be thrown out and distribute it in low-income neighborhoods…

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Big congratulations to the 150 members of the Rochester Garden & Flower Club! The club, a long-time affiliate of MSHS, was honored Oct. 17 at the Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust’s fifth annual Fete: A Celebration of Excellence in the Arts. The Rochester Garden & Flower Club was named one of the top three groups…

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