Guiding principles for our Foundation
We are a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to provide support of and advocacy for WSU Extension Master Gardener Programs throughout Yakima County.
The Master Gardener Foundation of Yakima County is instrumental in providing funding to advance the Master Gardener Program and education through horticultural-based research generated through Washington State University and affiliated university systems.
WSU Extension Master Gardeners empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant and unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.
Our focus is on supporting the mission of WSU Extension Master Gardeners in Yakima County. With our foundation’s help, the 120 Master Gardeners of Yakima have the resources to make our county a better, more environmentally sound place to live.
The Extension Master Gardener Program was conceived in Washington state in 1973, and begun in Yakima county in 1980. Through the efforts of our Foundation we strive to keep our pioneering spirit alive for the next 50 years and beyond.
Our support for the continuing education of our volunteers through ongoing continuing education and practice advances the knowledge and provides the tools to carry on our demonstration gardens, answer clinic, and public classes on topics ranging from home gardens to climate change to wildfire preparedness.
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