I was notified yesterday that on Friday I was elected to the Master Gardener State Advisory Board. I’m really pretty excited! My three-year term starts immediately. I’m not exactly sure at this point what it will entail—I know I’m expected to attend the quarterly meetings in the cities but other than that I don’t really know what will be involved.
The meetings are held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, typically the third Friday of the month during June, September, January, and April. I’ve never been to the Arboretum, so I’m really looking forward to that!
Many of you may not be aware of the whole idea behind the Master Gardener program, so I thought I’d share the Mission Statement with you:
The Mission of the University of Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardener Program is to support county Master Gardener programs by providing horticulturally trained volunteers to educate the public with research based information on the best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship.
Additionally, the purpose of the State Master Gardener Advisory Board is “to provide consensual advice and constructive input to the State Master Gardener Office in order that the State Master Gardener Office can formulate governing policies for the Master Gardener Program. . . . Each member of the State Master Gardener Advisory Board shall act as an ambassador for the Master Gardener Program by promoting its mission whenever possible. Particular attention should be directed toward communicating this mission to local, county, district, and state officials in order to assure the continuance and effectiveness of the Master Gardener Program throughout the entire state.”
My guess is it will be a very interesting three years, at the very least. I’m sure I will learn a ton of new stuff, and I’m really looking forward to meeting and connecting with gardeners from all across the state—gardeners always seem to be a fun bunch to hang out with and we always have lots to talk about!