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Anoka County Master Gardeners offer weekly online Q & A sessions

Anoka County Master Gardeners offer weekly online Q & A sessions to help residents with yard and garden questions.


ANDOVER, Minn. (Mar 30, 2021)—Got yard and garden questions? Volunteers with the Anoka County Master Gardeners invite the public to join them live on Zoom every Tuesday evening April 13 – September 28 to ask questions and get research-based answers from local volunteers. Interested residents can visit www.anokamastergardeners.org/ask-a-master-gardener and register for free to get access to the Zoom meeting link.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Anoka County are knowledgeable about horticulture, growing fruits and vegetables, encouraging pollinator insects and birds in the garden and many more topics that make up the program’s educational priorities. Volunteers learn from University of Minnesota Extension educators and receive ongoing training to use evidence-based research and best practices that inform their community engagement efforts.

Last year in 2020, Anoka County Master Gardeners began offering the online interactive Q & A service for the first time as a response to canceled in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Even though our in-person Ask a Master Gardener booths couldn’t continue, we still wanted to find a way for the public to reach us with their questions,” said Lia Spaniolo, program coordinator for the Anoka County Master Gardeners. The group adapted the in-person booths to an online format and offered live Zoom sessions from May to September. “We hope to bring back our in-person Ask a Master Gardener booths when our volunteers can safely return to public spaces,” Spaniolo said, “but until then we look forward to connecting with residents again this year on Zoom.”

The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to use research-based horticultural knowledge and practices to deliver educational outreach and project-based efforts that inspire change and promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

Ask a Master Gardener Online Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m., April 13 - September 28. Visit www.anokamastergardeners.org/ask-a-master-gardener for the meeting link. Free!

Learn more about our weekly Q & A sessions in this brief video https://youtu.be/CXxReyBjO8o.

For more information on the UMN Extension Master Gardener program in Anoka County visit: anokamastergardeners.org

For more news from U of M Extension, visit www.extension.umn.edu/news or contact Extension Communications at extnews@umn.edu. University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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