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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Our Vision, Mission, Values, Priorities

Program Contact: Jennifer Kaye Cawdery, Coordinator
(509) 667-6540 • jennifer.cawdery@wsu.edu

Our Vision

Highly recognized, diverse and fully supported, WSU Master  Gardener volunteers are the go-to resource for communities seeking research-based, innovative solutions for their ever-changing horticulture and environmental stewardship needs.

Our Mission

Engaging university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmentalstewardship education.

Our Values

  • We value personal and professional research and discovery because it encourages us to stay current about horticulture and environmental stewardship to meet the unique educational needs of our communities.
  • We foster and benefit from an atmosphere of diversity and inclusivity because our differences inspire creative thinking and innovative solutions.
  • We act with integrity because trust, truthfulness and respect create a healthy and positive culture.
  • We are committed to stewardship and sustainability serving as ethical and responsible agents of our natural resources, human resources and University resources.
  • We collaborate because together we empower healthy and resilient communities.
  • We are a dynamic and responsive program where knowledge inspires change.

Our Priorities

Promote integrated pest management to minimize polluted runoff.

Teach ways to create resilient landscapes that are adapted to our changing climate.

Teach research-based horticulture principles and practices for the development of healthy landscapes and to protect our natural resources.

Promote the use of sustainable techniques for growing local food to improve individual and community health and wellness.

Seek to increase access to plants, green spaces and public landscapes to benefit the health and well-being of all members of our communities.

Promote stewardship of diverse ecosystems through invasive species management, native species conservation and restoration in landscapes.


Teach ways to help native bees and other pollinators thrive in home and community landscapes.

Encourage the building of healthy soils to prevent depletion and ensure the longterm viability of local food security and natural resources.

Promote water-wise gardening and landscaping practices to conserve water.

Teach fire-resistant landscaping principles to reduce the risk of loss due to wildfire.
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