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Darren's Digest – September 2022


The success of RCMG is a result of the hard work & dedication of the volunteers

The success of the Ramsey County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a result of all the hard work and dedication of the volunteers. From those individuals who serve on the Board of the Directors to Project Coordinators, to Committee Members and Interns getting involved during their first year., THANK YOU for sharing your time and talents!

Reflecting on the Season

As the growing season draws to a close, RCMG leadership often reflects on the volunteer activities and projects from the past year and start planing for the year ahead. We encourage all of you to do the same.

  • Was there a volunteer activity that you would like to get more involved with or learn more about?

  • Do you have ideas on ways to improve and expand RCMG programming?

  • Are there new types of projects that you think RCMG should explore?

The RCMG Project Catalog is an excellent resource that lists and describes the projects. We encourage you to reach out to the project coordinators or feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the existing projects and/or have an idea about a new project.

RCMG Project Catalog 2021
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Nominate a Volunteer

Has another RCMG volunteer inspired you this year? Nominate them for one of the RCMG annual awards - the Leonard Gloeb Outstanding Service Award and the Ralph Thrane Extraordinary Partnership Award.

  • Nominee must be in good standing with RCMG.

  • Nominee must be an active Master Gardener for at least 5 years. (Joined in 2017 or before)

  • Nominee must have served on an approved RCMG project for at least 3 years.

  • Nominee must have provided exceptional initiative and service on said project.

Nominations accepted until Sun. 11/06 and the results will be announced in January.

Get Involved

Raising your hand and getting involved with a project or committee is a great way to meet other Master Gardener volunteers and learn more about some of the exciting and rewarding projects we work with in Ramsey County. We encourage you to consider a leadership role with a RCMG project -from Lead MG at an event to RCMG Board Chair. Leadership happens at all levels and our program would not be what it is today without the leadership from the many volunteers who took an active role in building new projects, new partnerships and new volunteer capabilities.

We'll discuss more ways that volunteers can expand their volunteer experience at the next Train-the-Trainer event before the September Monthly Meeting.

Share your stories

As we end the growing season, remember send me your stories about your volunteer projects this summer. As Ramsey County Master Gardener Volunteers, your work is amazing and impactful and deserves to be told.


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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