Our guiding principles
Volunteerism sustains the program - In alignment with the program priorities, Master Gardener volunteers fulfill the organizational mission in their communities, through collaboration and co-creation across physical, organizational and social boundaries.
Science anchors the program - As a University of Minnesota Extension program, research-based knowledge and best practices guide our educational outreach, community engagement efforts and horticultural knowledge.
Education connects Minnesotans to the program - To support Minnesota learners interested in horticulture and gardening during this information-rich era, the Master Gardener volunteer program will continue to develop innovative classroom, walk-by learning, community engagement and virtual learning experiences, while also exploring emerging programming strategies and methods.
We are connected to our earth and strive for stewardship and sustainability through horticultural best practices and a conscientious approach to volunteer work in alignment with our program priorities. We aim to improve not only the lives of the people within our communities but also the land which sustains us.
People and communities nourish the program - Master Gardener volunteers leverage the unique strengths, skills and wisdom within communities to co-create accessible, plant-based projects and achieve sustainable and inspirational results in Minnesota communities.
Environmental stewardship guides the program - The Earth is our home; the health of local ecosystems and natural resources must be protected for future generations through educational outreach, demonstration and community engagement.
Connection and access grow the program - The Master Gardener volunteer program provides benefits throughout Minnesota, with goals to eliminate barriers to participation, make scientific concepts understandable and available to all, and inspire lifelong horticultural learning.
Through all, we strive to be accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of what separates us.