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Master Gardener volunteers have statewide impact

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are your neighbors who volunteer to teach University research-based horticulture information in local communities. They work to strengthen community bonds, support healthy choices and promote healthier plants for more livable communities.

The activities of the Master Gardeners benefit schools, community gardens, youth programs, environmental education programs and farmers markets, to name a few. Extension has released its 2015 Master Gardener Annual Report.

The report notes that 2,380 Master Gardeners reached 212,404 Minnesotans last year. Priorities include horticultural skills, plant biodiversity, pollinators, clean water, local foods, climate change and nearby nature.

Read the full report on Extension's Master Gardener website or read local stories from the report, including:

Master gardener planting a rain garden
Photo: Steve Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch

Kids holding flowers in school garden

Insect on thistle flower

Three people looking at garden plant

Two people planting in garden

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