July 13, 2022
It is important to think about why & how we engage our community
I hope you are enjoying the summer and the peak of the gardening season. I know many of you have been working hard representing the Master Gardener Volunteer Program and tabling at Farmers Markets and community events. Thank you!
The Value of Volunteering
It is important always to be thinking about why and how we engage our community at events. Volunteering at community events and farmers' markets is a great way to connect with residents across Ramsey County. Some of the many reasons why we volunteer at these events include:
Increase awareness of Master Garden Volunteer Program
Promote the resources available through the University of Minnesota Extension and other research-based horticulture programs
Encourage residents to take action and get involved in horticulture
Encourage residents to attend our events, workshops, trainings
Engage and connect with residents on a local scale in their neighborhoods
Engaging with Residents
When are volunteering at these events, here are some ideas to connect with residents and create a positive experience.
Provide a welcoming and friendly environment - smile, say hi, etc.
Know your audience(s) - consider the neighborhood the event is located and horticulture resources available in the area
Tailor messages and education materials - does the event have a theme or consider the time of year and relevant messages
Interact and engage individuals - ask questions, make eye contact,
We'll be talking about more ideas during the Volunteer Training section of the July Monthly Meeting. Hope to see you there!
Thank you again for all of your hard work this summer. Happy Gardening!
RCMG Program Coordinator
COVID-19 Safety Update
The current COVID-19 Community level is LOW. That said, we will continue to encourage all volunteers to wear a face cover or mask when participating in in-person and indoor activities regardless of vaccination status. The main page of the State Master Gardener website (z.umn.edu/mgweb) has some good information and updates on COVID-19 as well as low-contact, work-from-home volunteer opportunities.