The Master Gardener Program collaborated with Extension's 4-H program to pilot the Junior Master Gardener 4-H SET (Science, Engineering, and Technology) project in 2009. The pilot was generously funded by a grant from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation.
There were six expectations of each site.
- engage at least 10 youth in a minimum of 8 learning sessions
- involve a local MNLA member sponsor
- incorporate a science experiment and a service project
- use technology to teach, communicate and report
- utilize JMG curriculum and have some type of teaching garden
- participate in evaluations
Six counties were selected to participate; two had multiple sites: Clearwater, Crow Wing, Olmsted (2), Sherburne, Stearns (2), and Winona. Seventy-two participants attended one of two trainings. Each site received JMG materials and a $125 grant for supplies.
All sites were successful. Data from the pilot evaluation shows that in total:
- 125 youth enrolled in the project; 97 youth completed the entire project
- 30 percent of youth participants were non-white/persons of color; 70 percent were white/Caucasian
- 87 youth were new to the 4-H program