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Master Gardeners make a difference in your community
Master Gardener volunteers are helping their neighbors understand and use research-based information and practices that can improve their quality of life while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and natural resources.
Master Gardeners strive to make scientific knowledge understandable to all. They inspire and encourage lifelong learning through continued scientific exploration and discovery.
2018 by the numbers
- 2,404 certified Master Gardener volunteers across the state
- Contributed 141,114 volunteer hours
- Reached 198,112 Minnesota residents
Because of the work of Master Gardeners, more people are growing food locally, planting pollinator-friendly gardens, and creating resilient landscapes that help manage stormwater runoff.
Now more than ever before Master Gardener volunteers are connecting with people to share University research-based knowledge on priorities that are important to Minnesota residents: horticulture skills, plant biodiversity, pollinators, clean water, local food, climate change and nearby nature.
Read the 2018 Annual State Report.
Expanding outreach and promoting volunteer work of great public value
Master Gardener volunteers use community-engagement toolkits that are developed around the program’s priorities to deliver education to communities across the state.
Regional gatherings offer specialized training
Each year the State Leadership Team and the State Advisory Board hold regional educational gatherings across Minnesota. Master Gardeners in all areas of the state can connect with program leadership and other volunteers, offer feedback about the program, network with other county programs, and receive specialized training.
We have offered specialized training around program priorities in places like Andover, Brainerd, Cloquet, Crookston, Grand Rapids, Luverne, Monticello, Proctor, Red Wing, Spicer, Waseca and Willmar.
In this way, our program can continuously improve and provide relevant resources to address regional concerns. We continue to develop and offer specialized training each year.
Extension Master Gardeners are continually learning
Each year, the State Leadership Team and a conference planning committee comprised of Master Gardener volunteers coordinate and host an educational event for program members with empowering speakers that enhance everyone's horticulture knowledge.
During the conference, Master Gardener volunteers attend exclusive workshops, network with peer volunteers, and explore ways to inspire and engage people in their communities in sustaining a healthy planet, through healthy plants for healthy people.