More than 23,000 youth participate in University of Minnesota Extension’s 4-H creative and performing arts experiences across Minnesota each year. Performing arts programs in particular build confidence, leadership skills and friendships that last a lifetime.
University of Minnesota Extension helps Minnesota’s child care providers make meals and snack time yummy, nutritious and affordable.
When University of Minnesota Extension was founded in 1909, Extension educators were often immigrants or children of immigrants themselves. They shared farmed techniques that worked for Minnesota’s soil, climate and farm-family needs.
In 2015, Minnesota lawmakers approved legislation that created the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT). With AGREETT funding, in 2017 Extension hired Jared Goplen, a University of Minnesota Extension crops educator based in Morris.
A food forest combines trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and self-seeding annuals to provide edible fruits and nuts. Rather than individually maintained parcels, the entire food forest is open to the public for harvest. The idea is to create an ecosystem that protects the soil, provides healthy foods, and requires minimal labor to be productive.
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