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Darren's Digest – January 2022

Welcome to 2022! With the new year there is so much to look forward to in the year ahead.

Class of 2022

With the start of the new year, we welcome 58 new RCMG interns. The interns are just beginning the Core Course that opened up on January 7th. I encourage you to introduce yourself to the interns and welcome them to our Ramsey County Master Gardener Program.

Core Course for Volunteers

All Master Gardener volunteers are encouraged to sign-up for the Core Course as well this year. This free to all volunteers and gives you access to the information for the whole year. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) module added in 2021 is TOP NOTCH and the Community Engagement module has been updated for 2022. There's a lot of great information in there to help you as a volunteer, not just as a gardener. I encourage you to check them out.. You can find the instructions on how to sign up and access the Core Course in the January Master Gardener newsletter from Tim Kenny and the State Leadership team.

Volunteering Expectations for 2022

As we ease into volunteering in 2022 we recognize that we will continue to deal with Covid-19. There continues to be a diverse mix of volunteer opportunities, both online and in-person. The safety and comfort of you as volunteers comes first and we want to encourage everyone to find ways to get involved this year!

2022 Monthly Meetings

For the time-being, we will continue to host our monthly meetings for volunteers online using Zoom. Eventually we would like to return to in-person monthly meetings for the Ramsey County Master Gardener Program and, in fact, have reserved the banquet room at the Roseville Oval starting in May. We're monitoring the safety protocols closely and will keep everyone updated.

Let's make the year ahead a good one.

Darren Lochner

RCMG Program Coordinator

Nov 9, 2021

COVID Safety Note

All volunteers are encouraged to wear a face cover or mask, regardless of vaccinations status when participating in volunteer activities, especially indoor activities, including carpooling.


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