Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Our Mission and Vision.

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program shares research-based horticultural knowledge and practices, cultivates diverse collaborations, supports project-based volunteer activities and inspires change to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

Our vision is that community-based volunteers will use research-based knowledge and develop collaborative relationships to strengthen the important role of plants and horticulture, and the impact on local ecosystems in all Minnesota communities.

Our Guiding Principles connect us and our work statewide.

Our Program Priorities 

The Mission, Vision, and Principles of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program were developed through the 2018-2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Strategic Plan. You can see a summary of the new  Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program 2022-2027 Strategic Plan