This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Latino communities in the Twin Cities had not traditionally received services from the Hennepin County Master Gardener program. That’s precisely why Terry Straub and six other master gardeners reached out to Centro Tyrone Guzman, the oldest and largest multi-service Latin nonprofit in Minneapolis.…

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This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. When 12 gardeners from the Pineridge development in the village of Cottage Grove formed a garden club in 1969, they were careful about the name, says Linda Johnston, club president. The area was growing and they wanted to welcome gardeners from Newport, St. Paul…

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This article by Brenda Harvieux  appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Former master gardener research plots at the Washington County fairgrounds have recently seen a vast expansion and reimagining. Now 13 display gardens, collectively known as the Fairest Garden, the space is a much-loved destination. “We don’t have a financial sponsor,” says…

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This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Master gardeners in Anoka County offer plant and insect diagnostic clinics at the Bunker Hills Activities Center in Andover. On Wednesday evenings, June through August, they answer common horticulture questions and assess samples for community members, who need help identifying…

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This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. Like other garden clubs, the Bemidji Garden Club has regular meetings, community plantings they tend, a spring plant sale and tours to exceptional gardens, but what stands out is the members’ commitment to the environment and local food.   At the…

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This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. When speaking to the artists at the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in St. Paul, it’s clear that they are dedicated their art and having the opportunity to create art has changed their lives profoundly. A professional…

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This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. One of the goals of the Hy-Vee One Step Grant Program is growing community gardens to provide food and teach about nutrition. The proceeds from sales of One Step Russet Potatoes help fund community garden projects, such as the Master Gardeners…

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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 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. The Summer Food and Fun program of the Pine County Master Gardeners provides food, education and activities for youth who were supported during the school year by the Pine City Backpack program. “Fifty percent of youth here receive free 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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