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Impacts in Horticulture and Food Systems

SDSU Extension helps South Dakotans learn how to plan, plant and maintain gardens and is available to help answer insect, disease and gardening questions.

Tulips blooming near the entrance to McCrory Gardens.

McCrory Gardens Trial Report aids in flower selection

The 2022 McCrory Gardens Trial Report, issued this spring by South Dakota State University Extension and McCrory Gardens, helps South Dakotans choose flower varieties that do well in local conditions.

An Extension specialist speaks to two attendees at the 2022 Research Farm Field Day

South Dakota Local Foods Coalition continues 20-year effort to provide ‘good food for all’

The South Dakota Local Foods Coalition consists of SDSU Extension and other agency partners, along with producers, culinary professionals, retailers, supporters and, according to the group’s materials, “organizations that want to strengthen local food systems in South Dakota.”

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SDSU Extension expands Garden Hotline availability

South Dakota State University Extension has added a new year-round Garden Hotline for South Dakota residents with garden, lawn or yard questions.

Master Gardener Volunteer Program

A group of master gardeners examining a plant.

SDSU Extension's Master Gardener program develops gardening enthusiasts into expert volunteers who share their research-based knowledge with community members statewide. During 2023:

  • There were 294 active Master Gardeners, including Emeritus.
  • The training program was provided to 89 individuals and 67 new Master Gardener interns joined.
  • A total of 11,135 Master Gardener volunteer hours were reported for the year, which equates to a cash value of $303,428.75.
  • A total of 4,529 continuing education hours were reported.