Pine City’s David Haugen Honored For 15 Years As Master Gardener

Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 7:34 am

Press Release:

David Haugen, Pine City was recognized for his 15 years of volunteer service as a University of Minnesota Extension Pine County Master Gardener at the Pine County Master Gardener Awards Night and dinner at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods near Sandstone on Tuesday, January 7th.

In his 15 years as a Master Gardener Haugen has volunteered 1724 hours and attended 275 hours of educational training. “He has served as president of the Pine County Master Gardeners and was instrumental in establishing the Pine City Community Garden. He has hosted several groups on garden tours at his farm and has generously contributed plants and produce to the Master Gardener and garden club plant sales and to the Pine City Food Shelf. He helped with the courthouse landscaping and has been a tremendous resource to answer gardening questions from the public,” said Terry Salmela, U of M Extension Pine County Master Gardener Program Coordinator.

Haugen has appreciated being able to help people through his gardening and with gardening questions. He has enjoyed his 15 years of working with people with common interests at growing plants. “It has been a pleasure to show people that they can be successful at growing plants and that it can be a source of enjoyment in addition to providing food for the table,” said Haugen.

Haugen was one of 34 Pine County Master Gardeners honored that evening. In 2013, Pine County Master Gardeners volunteered 2,270 hours and attended 352 hours of educational training. Sue Sloper, Willow River was presented with a 1,000 hour certificate. Ten year certificates and pins were presented to Lyn Johnson, Pine City; Ann Mlaskoch, Willow River and Becky Grote, Hinckley.

Roxanne Beavers and Kari Holmberg, Pine City received their Master Gardener certification certificates and name badges for completing the first year core course and for their 50 hours of volunteer service. Clarissa Ellis-Prudhomme gave a presentation on the “Audubon Center Past and Present”

2013 Pine County Master Gardener projects included the following: hosting 200 at their 11th Annual Horticulture Day in March; managing the Pine City Community Garden; conducting a three session after school Junior Master Gardener training; providing gardening information at their “Ask a Master Gardener” table at the Pine City Farmers Market, the County Fair and at two Grand Casino Wellness Expos; co-sponsoring a “Freezing Fruits and Vegetable” Workshop; answering gardening questions and other activities.

In 2014 the Master Gardeners will host their 12th Annual Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day on Saturday, March 22nd at the Pine City High School.

2014 officers will be President Barb Videen, Pine City; Vice President Tara Prachar, Sturgeon Lake; Secretary Kara Nelson, Askov; and Treasurer, Tom Rolf, Pine City.

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