Want a great way to interact directly with a homeowner as they plan and implement a garden project? Try coaching with the state's Lawns to Legumes (L2L) program!
L2L offers educational resources and $400 grants to Minnesota residents interested in creating pollinator-friendly habitat. L2L coaches are connected with grant recipients to provide guidance and encouragement throughout the grant period. Coaches don't need to be an expert but many of the grantees express that they couldn’t imagine completing the project without the help and support of their garden-knowledgable coach.
For more information about coaching and to register, see the Lawns to Legumes website.
L2L coaching counts as an RCMG Master Gardener volunteer activity. Log your time under Category E7 – "Educational Service Projects: Other (write in: Lawns to Legumes)".
RCMG L2L Coach Responsibilities
Complete the L2L website Coaching Sign-up
Attend the L2L Coaches Spring 2024 Training Webinar Zoom link, Jan 10, 2024 12:00 PM CST (or view the webinar recording on the L2L website)
Review L2L coaching handbook
Reach out to assigned grantee(s)
Set expectations for your availability
Answer questions, provide guidance and encouragement throughout the project
Record your hours in the State Database after working on the activity. Record the contacts you personally worked with when hours are logged.
Coach to one or more grant recipients
Be available mid-February through July 15 (Spring grant period)
Provide 1-6 hours of coaching for the grant period (up to 3 hours per assigned grantee)
Attend as many cohort discussion sessions as interest you
Mentors and Interns are encouraged to sign-up as partners
There is also a RCMG coaching cohort for those interested in comparing notes and sharing resources as they support their grantees. Sign up for the cohort through this SUG.
L2L Project Lead