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Our Vision, Mission, Values and Critical Issues
Highly recognized, diverse and fully supported, WSU Master Gardener volunteers are the go-to resource for communities seeking research-based, innovativesolutions for their ever-changing horticulture and environmentalstewardship needs.
Engaging university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-basedhorticulture and environmentalstewardshipeducation.
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.
Critical Issues Facing Washington Residents
The King County Master Gardener Program supports these Critical Issues.
Promotes integrated pest management to minimize polluted runoff.
Promotes water-wise gardening and landscaping practices to conserve water.
Teaches firewise landscaping principles to reduce the risk of loss due to wildfire.
Promotes the use of sustainable techniques for growing local food to improve individual and community health and wellness.
Teaches ways to help native bees and other pollinators thrive in home and community landscapes.
Teaches ways to create resilient landscapes that are adapted to our changing climate.
Promotes stewardship of diverse ecosystems through invasive species management, native species conservation and restoration in landscapes.
Encourages the building of healthy soils to prevent depletion and ensure the longterm viability of local food security and natural resources.
Seeks to increase access to plants, green spaces and public landscapes to benefit the health and well-being of all members of our communities.