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Worthington Daily Globe: County offers support for community garden

Two areas of University of Minnesota Extension programming that often come together are nutrition and gardening. Extension educators know that families, especially children, are more likely to serve and eat healthy foods when they get to know them. One way to do that is through gardening, but limited land access to grow food is a barrier for many people who would most benefit.

Worthington Daily Globe reporter Julie Buntjer writes in a Feb. 16, 2016, article that Extension's SNAP-Ed nutrition program and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) have the support of Nobles County leaders to develop a community garden on a piece of tax-forfeited property in Worthington. Buntjer writes that one next step is to identify individuals willing to complete an Extension Master Gardener class and then share that knowledge with community gardeners in various languages.

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4-H Ag Career Day brings kids to U of M St. Paul campus

University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H Science of Agriculture team hosted 125 youth at the “4-H Explore Ag Career Day” on the University’s St. Paul campus on Feb. 15.

The mission was to help youth explore higher education, and provide information and resources that support agriculture-related career goals. Reporter Taya Banjac covered the story in U debuts agricultural career day in the Minnesota Daily.

Giving Spotlight: Marv Bauer

Gift honors Jean Bauer, supports new Extension faculty in family development
Jean W. Bauer’s legacy of research and outreach with rural Minnesota families lives on thanks to funds contributed by Jean’s husband, Marvin Bauer, in her honor. 
Jean was a faculty member and an Extension specialist in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. The newest fund will create an endowment for research and teaching in family economics and policy by faculty with an Extension appointment in Jean’s former department.

Another fund, the Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management, was
created after Jean’s passing in 2012. It provides for Extension program initiatives in family financial literacy.

McKnight Foundation awards grants for cleaner energy

Extension and CERTs foster Midwest energy leadership
The McKnight Foundation awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation $240,000 over two years for Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a partnership that includes the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. The grants were part of McKnight’s interest in supporting organizations working to foster and support Midwest energy leadership.