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Tomato Problems Brochure Available

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for tomato problems - web.jpgThis new brochure about three common tomato problems in Minnesota gardens was a popular handout at the Extension Master Gardener booth during the 2014 State Fair.  To review or download the handout just click here.

The brochure includes photos and descriptions of Early Blight, Septoria Leaf Spot and Blossom End Rot.  It includes best gardening practices to minimize and control the problems. 

Generous Gift to Benefit the Program

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P. Hartley_MG_0016-8 (2).jpgPlease join us in celebrating an exciting gift to benefit the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program!

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!

Welcome New State Advisory Board Members

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Thumbnail image for IMG_8072.JPGThe University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener State Advisory Board welcomed five new board members on June 13 at the first quarterly meeting of the 2014-2015 program year. Board members represent Extension Master Gardener volunteers in each of the five regions of University of Minnesota Extension.


The State Advisory Board provides input and recommendations to the state Extension Master Gardener staff about program visions, strategies and governing policies. Board members act as ambassadors of the statewide program. In 2014-2015 board members intend to increase communications and connections with local Extension Master Gardener groups within each member's region.


The current board is comprised of fourteen Extension Master Gardener volunteers, one county program coordinator, and four state staff representatives. Pictured above (l to r): David Moen (state program manager), Howard Markus (Washington Co.), Dave Knapp (Anoka Co.), Bob Azman (Ramsey Co), Melinda Ludwiczak (Hennepin Co.), Barb Gasterland (Hennepin Co.), Kit Sitter (Lake Co. & board chair), Rick Ellis (Stearns Co.), Diane Henry (Douglas Co.), Nancy Lizette Berlin (Goodhue Co. & board secretary), Paula Zollman (Olmsted Co.), Leslie Yetka (state education manager), (Bonita Kallestad, Kandiyohi Co.), Sue Riesgraf (Carver-Scott program coordinator), Tim Kenny (state director), and Diane Greiwe (state volunteer coordinator). Not pictured are Coralee Fox (Crow Wing Co. & board vice-chair) and Carol Rethemeier (East Otter Tail Co.).

2012 Fair Booth Grow Yourself Healthy Display 005.jpgBy Terry Salmela, Extension Educator - Pine County

The U of M Extension Master Gardeners, Simply Good Eating and Community Nutrition staff in Pine County promoted healthy eating at the local fair and community garden. "Grow Yourself a Healthy Handful" was inspired by an educational program through the MN Landscape Arboretum.

Trina Barno, Simply Good Eating Director, and Kelly Appeldorn, Pine County Community Nutrition Educator put together two impressive display boards that Master Gardeners used in fair booths in both Kanabec and Pine counties. They also put together helpful handouts on U of M Extension recommended canning and freezing processes and recipes.

Extension Master Gardeners planted five gallon pails as well as five plastic flower pots full of the five most nutritious vegetables in May. They watered, fertilized and weeded them throughout the summer. The live potted examples were on display at the Pine County community garden and at the fair.

2012 Fair Booth Grow Yourself Healthy Display 010.jpgMaster Gardener fair booth co-chairs Roger and Linda Fischer designed the display, utilizing materials from the MN Landscape Arboretum as well as two tipping container stands and planted herbs in them. They were a favorite of fairgoers! The booth was located between two walkways, so it was visible from two sides. Nineteen Extension Master Gardeners answered visitors' questions on powdery mildew on vine crops, herbs, stringy snap beans, brown spots on hostas, flowers, vegetables and many other gardening topics. They even had a door prize sign-up for a four-hour tiller rental at a local dealer.

For more information:
Extension Master Gardener Program: mgweb@umn.edu
Extension Master Gardeners - Pine County: Terry Salmela, Terry.Salmela@co.pine.mn.us
MN Landscape Arboretum: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu

A solar heated greenhouse for Grand Marais school

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A $10,000 grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson foundation allowed Cook County Master Gardeners to expand their youth gardening program by building a small solar heated greenhouse onto the Great Expectations School in Grand Marais. This will allow more local food production for the school and provide a space for after-school youth gardening programs.

The Master Gardeners are working with a licensed teacher to develop lesson plans on growing plants in the classroom as well as nutrition education. These grade-appropriate activities will be tied to the Minnesota educational standards.

Master Gardeners "Grow a Row for the Hungry"

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Several counties promoted and participated in the national "Grow a Row for the Hungry" program. In Pine County, 'Grow A Row' was the theme for the Master Gardener booth at county fair. They handed out information about food shelves in the county, growing vegetables in containers, and how to become a Master Gardener. One Master Gardener alone contributed 1167 lbs. of produce to the local food shelf. Goodhue Master Gardeners got involved in the program for the second year. An average of about 200 lbs. of produce was donated weekly to the Red Wing Area Food Shelf, doubling the amount donated in 2008.

Veterans Garden planted in Thief River Falls

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The City of Thief River Falls approached Pennington County Master Gardeners to design a garden in an empty lot next to City Hall. A plan was developed for a sustainable perennial garden. Three eagle scouts took on this project. They named it the Veterans Memorial Garden and launched a fundraising effort that reached $15,000.00. What was initially planned to be just a sustainable perennial bed turned into a huge perennial garden with stone paths, a fence and statues of veterans. Master Gardeners assisted in plant selection and planting. It was a wonderful collaborative project involving over 50 people.

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