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Applications to become a Master Gardener Now Available

The University of Minnesota Extention Office is now accepting applications from people with a passion for horticulture looking to join their local Master Gardener program.


Individuals accepted into the program will start an internship that begins with a 48-hour online Master Gardener Core Course. The course will run between January and May, with one of 12 new gardening topics presented each week by U of M Extension Horticulture staff.


Following the course, interns will then need to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in their first year and 25 hours in the following years. Those hours can be done by working with fellow master gardeners in their county and/or on their own on a variety of projects that inform the public about gardening and horticulture.


Applications are due by October 1. You can apply online or by contacting your local County Extension office through one of the contacts listed below.

  • Pine County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator, Terry Salmela, at the Pine County Courthouse Extension Office in Pine City by emailing: salme002@umn.edu or calling 800-657-3813 Ext #3.

  • Isanti County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator, Katie Hagen, at the Isanti County Extension Office in the Courthouse in Cambridge by emailing: hagen@umn.edu or calling 763-689-1810.

  • Chisago County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator, Sue Humble, in the Chisago County Extension Office in North Branch by emailing: humb0025@umn.edu or calling 651-277-0151.

  • Kanabec County contact: Master Gardener Coordinator at the Courthouse in Mora by emailing: coordinator@co.kanabec.mn.us or call 320-679-6440.

  • Mille Lacs County contact: Mille Lacs County Extension Office in Milaca at mnext-millelacs@umn.edu or by calling 320-983-8317.





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