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Darren's Digest – July 2022

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!

Darren Lochner

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 ( has some good information and updates on COVID-19 as well as low-contact, work-from-home volunteer opportunities.


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