Welcome to Olmsted County
Olmsted County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work, and in your community.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
We're here to help!
- Finding a 4-H club
- Each club is a little different and it's important to find the right fit for your family. You don't have to choose the club nearest to your house. Some families choose to drive a little farther to join a club with people they already know, a club with other youth the same age, or just by what fits best in your schedule. Visit a few and see how you feel!
- View a list of Olmsted County 4-H clubs.
- Spotlight: Finding You in 4-H
- This bi-monthly newsletter sent to first-year 4-H'ers will guide you through the 4-H year. If you're new to 4-H and not receiving Spotlight, please let us know!
- Deadlines and events
- See our county calendar for office hours, activities, deadlines, and more!
- Minnesota 4-H Family Handbook
- This handbook is an introduction to 4-H for families. Contact the office if you'd like a print copy.
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Who are Master Gardener volunteers?
- Master Gardeners come from all walks of life.
- They share gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods and healthy lives.
- They complete a core course taught by University faculty and Extension educators.
- Upon completing the core course, they contribute their time teaching research-based horticulture practices in their communities.
- You can learn more about the program by watching our 2020 Virtual Tour with the Masters!
Find the latest gardening tips and news you can use in your own back yard from local experts.
- Yard and Garden News - Gardening tips and emerging issues affecting Minnesota.
- My Minnesota Woods - Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
- Natural Resources News - From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
- Become a Master Gardener volunteer: find out how to join the program
- Master Naturalist volunteers work in your community
- U of M Yard and Garden Resources: use this site to find information on a variety of horticultural topics from the University of Minnesota
- U of M Yard and Garden News: receive up-to-date information from Horticulture Extension Educators through Yard and Garden News articles
- U of M Diagnostic Tools: diagnose plant and garden problems
This scholarship fund, created in memory of Albert Dashow, supports interns on their way to becoming Master Gardeners.
You can donate to the fund and help promote the Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Olmsted County here.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health that are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Olmsted County Extension
UMN Extension, Olmstead County
1421 3rd Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
We currently have reduced office hours.
Sorry for any inconvenience
We are open most Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Please check our calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Kristina Abbas, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
email@example.com or 507-328-6217
Abubakar Farah, SNAP-Ed Educator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-328-6215
Milena Nunez Garcia, SNAP-Ed Educator
email@example.com or 507-328-6201
Olmsted County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-328-6214
Christine Schwartz, Administrative Support Staff
email@example.com or 507-328-6214
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