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August 19, 2013

Video: Master Gardeners cultivate health and healing

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners complete rigorous training to provide gardening education to their communities. Last year, these volunteers gave 130,000 hours of service, a public value worth more than $2.5 million. Their efforts benefit schools, community gardens, youth programs, the environment, farmers markets, and much more.

An example of this is the "My Little Green Friends" project, a partnership between Ramsey County Master Gardeners and Children's Hospital & Clinics of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners complete rigorous training to provide gardening education to their communities. Last year, these volunteers gave 130,000 hours of service, a public value worth more than $2.5 million. Their efforts benefit schools, community gardens, youth programs, the environment, farmers markets, and much more.

An example of this is the "My Little Green Friends" project, a partnership between Ramsey County Master Gardeners and Children's Hospital & Clinics of Minnesota. This horticultural therapy project in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area reaches patients aged 3 to 20, plus parents, siblings, and friends who are visiting.

The partnership is now in its 27th year. Master Gardeners visit the children two days a week year-round, including holidays. One Master Gardener, Leonard Gloeb, has been a part of the project since the beginning, and was one of the first Extension Master Gardeners in the state.


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