[Narrator: Julie Weisenhorn]: Did you know
that Minnesota is number four in the United States for volunteering? And the mission of
University of Minnesota Extension is to be in every community around the state to help
connect citizens with University research and science, and show them how to apply it
in their own backyards. Master Gardener is a program that plays an important role in
Extension in bringing horticultural science to citizens around the state. My Little Green
Friends is a project that’s a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension
and the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. My Little Green Friends is a
great project that connects Master Gardeners with kids who are struggling against serious
illnesses and diseases. By bringing plants and science into their hospital rooms, it
gives the kids something to think about other than the struggles that they are anticipating.
[Tom]: Some kids have come back, like even after like ten years, and say, “Yeah, I
still got that plant that I did at the hospital and it is doing really well.” So, it’s
just a fun activity for kids. It brings a lot of smiles to their faces. Again, it’s
a good motivator for healing and to walk around and move around. So, it has a lot of benefits
for the kids too. [Leonard]: I think that being a Master Gardener
means that whatever your talents in, and even beyond Master Gardener it fits the same way,
whatever your talents are in, whatever you know well, you are willing to share with others.
Not for a price but to share with others. [Narrator]: Congratulations Leonard and your
team of Master Gardeners in producing a really wonderful program that helps touch and benefit
a lot of kids around the state.