Pam Hartley, a Ramsey County Extension Master Gardener, has created a new endowment fund at the University of Minnesota Foundation to support educational programming for the statewide Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. In addition, she has included this endowment fund as part of her estate planning. We thank Pam for her dedication to, and vision for the program.
"Pam's generous gift will allow us to expand and enhance our educational offerings as well as strengthen innovative programming and increase access to information. Her belief that continuing education and advanced training is key to keeping the program strong will have positive benefits for Extension Master Gardeners throughout the state," said Extension Master Gardener Program Director, Tim Kenny.
Pam has served as a dedicated Extension Master Gardener for nearly two decades, mostly in Anoka County and now in Ramsey County. She continues very actively volunteering to educate residents in sustainable gardening practices.
Over her years as an Extension Master Gardener volunteer, Pam has taught educational classes for both adults and children and helped to create a Veteran's Peace garden that is used as a teaching garden. Pam has enjoyed volunteering at information booths, farmer's markets, diagnostic clinics, the state fair, and answering phone inquiries. She has been honored to act as a mentor to interns and has served in many leadership roles, including both the state and county advisory boards, organizing horticultural days, and co-chairing a regional Extension Master Gardener conference.
Thank you Pam for your generous commitment and your investment in the future of the Extension Master Gardener program!