Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Statewide Conference
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Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION 7:30 a.m. - Noon

Farm Table Breakfast

Granola, Yogurt, Honey, Berries, Fruit & Assortment of Local Cheese
Brenda Quick Breads, Banana Wheat Germ Bread, Buttermilk Cornbread

Savory Summer Salads
Lentil Mint Salad  
White Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad
Mixed Baby Lettuce, Cherry Tomato, Pistachio with White Balsamic Dressing
Quinoa Corn Soup

Applesauce Cake with Local Cream & Honey

  Schedule At A Glance

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.


Deborah Swackhamer  View Presentation

Professor Emeritus, Science Technology & Environmental Policy and Environmental Health Sciences

An update on issues facing one of Minnesota's most valued natural resources: our water. From lakes to rivers, human impact is everywhere, and Master Gardener Volunteers can be part of the clean water solution. view a recent article 



  • The Story of Gardening; A Solution, Victim and Contributor to our Changing Climate 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. View Presentation
    Learn how gardening can be a tool for observing climate and discuss tangible solutions that you can engage in. Learn how your stories can be a powerful tool for communicating, from personal perspective, to your peers about why climate change matters.
    Jothsna Harris
  • SHARE Round 3- Community Outreach Models 10:30  a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
       Projects that will be presented include:
           -Horticulture Day Success
            East Otter Tail County
  •        -Home Apple Orchard Workshop
            Pine/Kanabec Counties
  •        -From Paper to iPads
            Anoka County
  • Water Wise: Train the Trainer 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
    Gain an understanding of how plants use water, proper procedures for irrigation, and strategies to reduce water use on turf, trees and shrubs, and landscape plants. You will leave this session with information on how to obtain a teaching package that you can use to teach the public about water conservation and wise watering practices.

    Julie Weisenhorn

    Sam Bauer

    Kathy Zuzek


  • Grass Collection 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
    Tour the Grass Collection at the Arboretum and learn what plants have grown the best in Minnesota. Compare new cultivars of native plants and see the best grasses for the Upper Midwest. Take home lots of ideas and sweet grass braid.
    Mary Meyer


  •   Tree Selection with a Changing Climate 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


  • Dream of Wild Health 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
    Learn about the story of Dream of Wild Health, a non-profit, 10 acre organic farm that provides educational programs for Native American youth and families. The farm includes a collection of rare, indigenous seeds that they grow and preserve; a breey orchard; pollinator meadow, and a market garden.
    Diane Wilson
  • SHARE Round 4- Clean Water 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m
    Projects that will be presented include:
            -Little Buffalo Creek Stormwater Reduction Mentoring Project
             Crow Wing County
  •         -Pledge to Plant For Pollinators & Clean Water
             Ramsey County



  • The Spotted Wing Drosophila: Natural History, Control, and Mitigation in Small Fruits 1:30  p.m. - 2:20 p.m 
  • View Presentation
    Learn information on SWD history, identification, and biology; damage to crops; monitoring techniques and conventional and organic management strategies.
    Aimee Talbot
    Heidi Anderson
  • Using Social Media to Achieve Master Gardener Goals 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m View Presentation
    The world of social media can seem big and daunting, but tracing the path from end goals to your starting point can help fill in the blanks and develop a smart strategy no matter what the platform. Of course, it may then crash and burn and you have to adjust on the fly (which is okay, too, because that's another reality of fast-paced communications and short attention spans). This session will outline the process you can follow and also highlight some of the leading platforms now available in social media.
    Steffen Ryan
  • BYOT: Breed Your Own Tomatoes 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. View Presentation



  • Horticulture Research Center 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Pruning Shrubs and Trees 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Pruning trees and shrubs can be intimidating. But with a little training, forethought, and planning, pruning is a powerful and fun tool that can be used to train, maintain, and repair trees and shrubs. During this tour, we will look at how pruning is used to promote strong healthy architecture in trees, re-size overgrown shrubs, rejuvenate old and poorly-performing shrubs, repair holes in plant canopies, prevent and manage diseases, and restore shrub canopies that have been damaged by neglect, chronic bad pruning, winter injury, pests, and browsing wildlife.
    Kathy Zuzek


  • The Times, They are a'Changin: Keeping Your Master Gardener Program Relevant in the County(s) it Serves
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Discuss strategies to align with county goals and priorities, building leadership among program volunteer, and ideas on serving the increasing diversity of our communities.
    Terry Straub
    Lynne Hagen
    Eduard Krakhmalnikov
  • Diving into Facebook: Where the Algorithm Meets the Road 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m View Presentation
    Facebook is the most widely used social media platform in the world. Since people's parents and grandparents use it (ugh), the hip factor is gone - but it's still a way to reach a vast audience. Are you using it as effectively as you could? Do you understand how the Facebook algorithm determines how others are able to see your posts? Do you know tricks to creating content that is going to "stop the scroll" on mobile? Leave feeling better equipped to catch someone's attention in five seconds and cultivate relationships that can pay off.
    Steffen Ryan


Call 612-301-1210 or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Preferred Conference Accommodations
Special rate for conference attendees!
$129.00 plus tax, King Suite (normally $165+!)
Use Promotional Code UMNMGC
Country Inn & Suites - Chanhassen
591 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 area map


Certificates of attendance will be available for:

  • Extension Master Gardeners
  • Extension Master Naturalists
  • Tree Care Advisors
  • Others, by request 

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