You Can Be a Master Gardener

The University of Minnesota Extension service is looking for a few good gardeners. You don’t have to know everything about gardening, but you should have a love for growing plants and nurturing gardens and a desire to share that with others in your community. Joining the U’s master gardener program is a great way to…

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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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Growing Together: Pine County Master Gardeners

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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Profile: Cook County Pollinator Garden

“Without funding to help with the infrastructure, the pollinator garden at Sawtooth Elementary School wouldn’t have been possible,” says Diane Booth, director of the Cook County Community Center and Extension. With the help of Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Arrowhead Electric Round-Up Grant Board and Cook County Extension grants, Cook County Master Gardeners built the…

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Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners Bring Gardening to Mankato Schools

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. Teaming up with Mankato Area Public Schools and Blue Earth County State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), the Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners helped the staff and youth participants in the district’s after-school childcare program plant 4-by-12-foot raised bed vegetable gardens last summer. The…

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Growing Together: Kandiyohi County Master Gardeners

Kandiyohi County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners want to help gardeners take care of the environment, and their annual Fall Presentation Night addresses some big issues and solutions based on University of Minnesota research. The event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center…

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Growing Together: Washington Co. Master Gardeners

This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener. On property owned by Retail Construction Services (RCS) in Lake Elmo, University of MInnesota Extension Master Gardeners from Washington County maintain a 6,000 square foot corporate teaching giving garden. More than 200 youth and 200 adult volunteers are active in the garden. They grow…

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