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SDSU Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide

If you are reading this guide it means you have a passion for horticulture and service and are already serving as a SDSU Extension Master Gardener or intend to – welcome! South Dakota State University is grateful for its many volunteers that help to expand outreach and education efforts across the state.

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4-H Volunteer Work Agreement

Specific instructions for filling out and returning the 4-H Volunteer Work Form.

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Civil Rights Assurance Statement for Clubs, Volunteers, & Other Organizations

Assurance statements document the commitment of organizations and volunteers to comply with civil rights policies and regulations. All clubs (including 4-H, Master Gardeners, etc.), volunteers, educational partners, cooperating organizations, and entities must sign assurance statements. Assurance statements must be renewed annually.

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Civil Rights Training for Clubs, Volunteers, & Other Organizations

Volunteers and clubs are a valuable asset to SDSU Extension and by association are considered an arm of Extension. Any organization associated with SDSU Extension must conduct business with the same standards and attitudes as that of SDSU Extension.

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Civil Rights Voluntary Demographic Information

SDSU Extension asks that you voluntarily respond to the questions on this form. The information is requested only to make sure we are presenting our programs to a wide range of participants.

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South Dakota State University Announces 2018 Eminent Farmers/Ranchers & Homemakers

December 17, 2018

The South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and College of Education and Human Sciences will recognize four individuals with the Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Eminent Homemaker honor during a banquet on September 21, 2018 at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center in Brookings.

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Garden Clubs & Associations

Novice gardeners and master gardeners share a love of and respect for nature, which is one of the many reasons why they naturally seek out like-minded individuals to organize clubs or associations.

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Lakota Homes Garden Produces Fresh Vegetables & Grows Community

December 18, 2018

This year Katherine Montague's garden didn't produce much. "The radishes didn't like the heat and the watermelons didn't like the soil," Montague explains. But, that didn't keep the 57-year-old Lakota Homes resident from eating fresh vegetables.

Community Garden, Garden & Yard Issues, Fruit, Vegetable

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Raise Your Hand to Support 4-H Youth & Families and South Dakota 4-H could Receive Up to $20,000

December 18, 2018

4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, is calling on alumni and supporters to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people in every county across America, including more than 9,000 4-H'ers in South Dakota.

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SDSU Extension Welcomes Nicholas Ciaramitaro, AmeriCorps VISTA Member

December 18, 2018

SDSU Extension recently hired Nicholas Ciaramitaro to serve as the SDSU Extension Agriculture & Society AmeriCorps VISTA Member.