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Master Gardener volunteers build resilience, responsibility

Person holding a bag of dried lavender and a live lavender plant.
Dried lavender and lavender plant.

Master Gardeners are helping people grow more food locally, plant pollinator-friendly gardens and create resilient landscapes that help manage storm water runoff.

But there’s more. 

  • Master Gardeners conduct research on pepper varieties for northern Minnesota, benefiting gardeners and donating hundreds of pounds of peppers to local food shelves. 
  • Teachers in after-school programs report students become more responsible after learning from Master Gardeners how to give plants the care they need to survive. 
  • Master Gardeners teach at a Mayo Clinic-run community garden, showing patients how to grow and use lavender, an aromatherapy practice that people recovering from addiction report gives comfort. 
Boy holding garden activity kit bag.
Little Growers Activity Kits provide the thrill of learning.

Their efforts help young people develop into contributing members of society, and they help those who are struggling grow in their wellness. 

Now more than ever, Master Gardener volunteers are connecting with people to share University research-based knowledge on priorities that are important to Minnesota residents.

Learn more from the Master Gardener 2021 report.

2021 by the numbers

2,790 certified Master Gardener volunteers across the state contributed 135,822 volunteer hours and reached 85,933 Minnesota residents.

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