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November 30, 2009

Great Green Gardeners in 2010

Download flyer or read on...GGG-Flyer

During the summer of 2009, 4-H partnered with the CWC Master Gardener program and the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program in a pilot gardening project. Maggie Fuller, 4-H adult volunteer and CWC Extension support staff along with Master Gardener Debbie Monchamp have been exploring the possibility of developing a 4-H gardening project club from the Great Green Gardeners club that was formed during the pilot project.

We learned... that we wanted a gardening project club based on the 4-H principle of "learn by doing." This club will offer more hands-on learning and be less curriculum based.

The Plan... With the assistance of Master Gardener and County Fair Board member Bonnie Hillman, space has been located at the CWC fairgrounds for this club to design, build and grow their gardens.

Preparing the soil... We have a place to meet, a place to garden and a plan for the first year and first phase of this gardening project club. There will be three areas of focus to be implemented at the fairgrounds:

  • Container and raised bed gardens

  • Establish a rain garden and

  • Repair and plant existing planter sites to include native grass plantings and a butterfly garden

Our goals...
In this first phase our goals are not modest:

  • To learn how to design, construct and plant raised bed gardens

  • To create attractive container garden sites

  • To establish a butterfly garden

  • To establish a rain garden

  • To educate the public about alternative gardening methods and native plants

Our goals may be scaled down or up depending on the number of participants in the club.

And now we need YOU! We've got the plan, the tools and now we need gardeners and adult volunteers/leaders to help project club members succeed in their gardening endeavors.

The time commitment will be moderate. We will meet throughout the cold weather months to plan, gather materials and other resources we might need. We can set a regular monthly meeting time and can keep ourselves updated with new ideas and information by using online tools.

During planting, growing and harvesting months members will volunteer to establish, water, weed and otherwise maintain gardens for an hour or two each week. Members and adult leaders will sign up on a monthly maintenance schedule to help at the times most convenient for them.

If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Great Green Gardener, please contact Maggie: 218-824-1065 or mnext-crowwing@umn.edu

Our Ambassadors

Submitted by Susan Young

Savannah Cole, Vice President
Ann Danielson
Jacob Danielson
Sarah Fairbanks
Toni Gage
Natasha Gallett
Jenna Lemieux, Treasurer
Isaac Overland
Kya Rabehl, Secretary
Jenna Ruzich, President
Chelsie Skorich
Cheyene Syvertson
Jon Warling
Justin Warling

November 13, 2009

Black Bear Club - Meeting Minutes


Dog Project Bowl has its first meeting!

Submitted by Teri Butler

We had our first Dog Project Bowl meeting last night and have a total of 10 kids interested in participating. We plan on having a Junior and a Senior team!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday December 12th at 2:30pm at the Brainerd Public Library's large meeting room.