The Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG) was approved, March 2014 in a meeting of UMN Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners. The organizational phase of the program was completed by a committee made up of several CWC Master Gardeners during the spring and summer of 2014 with collaboration with the ISD 181 Schools. Help and training at the Forestview Middle School gardens from Master Gardeners as well as staff, made the program an enjoyable and exciting option for students who are interested in learning more about horticulture.
The JMG curriculum focuses on horticultural education, activities and projects linked with Minnesota Academic Standards for youth Grades 3 through 12. An anticipated start of the program in February of 2015.
** Note – This new program is now part of the ISD #181 Community Education Winter and Spring classes **
For more general information on this statewide program, click here
Olivia Killoran, seventh grade, won the Forestview Middle School (FMS) garden name and logo design contest held winter of 2014.
The FMS youth garden “Earth Diggers – We dig it! You dig it!” received funding by grants received from Crow Wing Energized and The Home Depot in Baxter, along with generous volunteer time, resources, and knowledge provided by Jackie Froemming, Extension Educator, and from Crow Wing County Master Gardeners Ken Lueken and Coralee Fox and from Master Gardener Intern Dawn Pikula. Brainerd Public Schools, Forestview Middle School and Community Education are proud to support the efforts and partnership in promoting and engaging young people in making healthy choices.
Presenting the plaques to Olivia are Cory Reynolds – Director of Community Education, Lisa Stawarski – Youth Programs Coordinator, Kari Roberts – Community Ed Programming Supervisor, Dawn Pikula – Community Education instructor and Master Gardener Intern, Ken Lueken – Master Gardener and Coralee Fox – Master Gardener.
Ken Lueken, Master Gardener, hand-made the wood burned plaque presented to Olivia in recognition for winning the contest.