“Think globally, act locally.” It’s a phrase that applies so well to University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Isanti County.

We’re the University of Minnesota on the ground – often literally – delivering science-based practices to our communities. As volunteers, Master Gardeners learn not only from scientific research, but from one another and the communities we serve.  

And sometimes we surprise people. Many are familiar with Master Gardeners as reliable resources for questions about flowers or grass because horticulture skills are a cornerstone of our work. 

But did you know that Master Gardeners also focus on local foods and sustainability? Or that we teach about practices that restore Minnesota’s native prairies and protect our precious water? 

Or that volunteering as a Master Gardener gives people a chance to spread their wings in photography, writing, community speaking and more? 

There’s a lot in the Master Gardener program that helps us learn, grow and share. 

We educate and answer questions at farmers markets, the County Fair, Jubilee Days Parade, Braham Pie Day and many more events. We coordinate the Cambridge Community Garden. We host a great Spring Expo in March to kick off the upcoming planting season. March 21 is the date for 2020.

Masters Gardeners come from all ages and backgrounds. We’re especially excited to see the new generation of Master Gardeners embracing opportunities with enthusiasm. 

Learn more about becoming an Extension Master Gardener by visiting extension.umn.edu/master-gardener or call Rod Greder at 763-689-8254 or email gred0014@umn.edu. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1. 

Come learn, grow and share with us.  

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