We’ve all heard the adage that if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach him to fish, he eats for a lifetime. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that if you teach someone to garden, you open them up to a healthier, happier and more satisfying life. Certainly, the research backs up the many benefits of gardening.
During this year’s, Give to the Max Day, which is tomorrow, MSHS gives donors the opportunity to contribute to three different funds: our operations fund, the Garden in a Box fund and the outreach fund. Outreach is the official-sounding word that means, teaching folks to garden.
Since 1866, MSHS has been nurturing gardeners. (It all began with some snarky comments about growing apples in Minnesota, but that’s a long time ago.) For 140 years, MSHS has been publishing information for gardeners in the state, making Northern Gardener the oldest continuous publication in Minnesota. While Northern Gardener is one way we teach gardeners, it’s only the beginning of the MSHS outreach efforts. Here are a few other projects:
- Each year, Minnesota Green distributes more than $100,000 in donated seeds and plants to community gardens, encouraging people to gather and garden in cities, suburbs and small towns throughout Minnesota.
- We offer classes on everything from designing a sustainable landscape to starting seeds to preserving the harvest to creating beautiful homemade containers.
- Our dedicated volunteers provide thousands of hours of their time to encourage new gardeners, share their expertise and support our many programs. You’ll see them at the Twin Cities home shows, the Minnesota State Fair and other events.
- The MSHS library is one of the largest circulating horticulture libraries in Minnesota. It’s available to anyone during our office hours.
- Our website is a quick link to garden clubs, societies, garden centers and a wide range of gardening resources. And, this blog is a new effort, along with our Facebook page and Twitter feed to help keep gardeners connected and knowledgeable.
As you consider your contributions on Give to the Max Day, we hope you’ll consider the value of gardening in our communities, too.