Master Gardeners are your Community Connectors
Cultivating Plants, People, and Communities since 1973
It all began at Washington State University. A grassroots, sociologic movement that started at Washington State University in 1973 and was emulated across the United States and into Canada and South Korea, the Master Gardener Program is WSU Extension’s flagship volunteer program. Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program around Washington State!
The WSU Extension Master Gardener (MG) Program trains volunteers to empower people and communities to find research-based, innovative solutions that address current challenges. We answer societal questions and directly address inequities in communities by connecting with underrepresented populations and by engaging at the local level via shared passions like growing food and protecting our natural resources. As the first Master Gardener Program in the state, nation and world, Pierce County Master Gardeners continue their commitment to solving global problems by teaching research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship practices to build healthy and resilient communities that are knowledgeable, dynamic and responsive. Cultivating plants, people and communities in Pierce County, Washington since 1973, the MG Program has since been emulated across the U.S. and into other countries around the world.
The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program focuses on nine important sociologic and environmental issues to help mitigate challenges and sustain healthy and resilient communities: Wildfire Preparedness, Water Conservation, Soil Health, Pollinators, Plant Biodiversity, Nearby Nature, Local Food, Climate Change and Clean Water. We know that everyone has a right to food security, clean water, healthy green spaces and protection from the devastating effects of Wildfires and Climate Change.
WSU Extension Pierce County Master Gardeners recognize that people of color, indigenous communities, folks with a low income, immigrants and refugees and folks with unstable housing are disproportionately impacted by environmental upsets. These communities have higher exposure to air and water pollution, less access to local fresh foods, greater impacts of climate change, lack of accessible environments that promote healthy lives. We are committed to serving all people of Pierce County through co-designing inclusive programming and to speaking more openly about how our program priorities intersect with both social and environmental issues.