Volunteer coaches help Lawns to Legumes grant recipients through the process of creating pollinator habitat in their yard. Coaches include conservation professionals who work for soil and water conservation districts and other conservation-related organizations, Minnesota Water Stewards, Master Gardeners and other experienced gardeners.
When you sign up to become a coach, we’ll match you with a grantee. (Also, please know that you can work with more than one grantee.) You would connect with the grantee(s) via email, phone, or video chat. To prepare, we ask that you watch a coach training video — available on our Coaching Information page — to learn more about Lawns to Legumes and the projects that qualify. Based on our survey of previous coaches, you would typically spend up to three hours with each grantee. Their gardening skill levels vary: you might be working with a gardening newbie or with someone who has lots of experience but might want some guidance navigating the Lawns to Legumes program.
For some programs such as Master Gardeners or Minnesota Water Stewards, your coaching time could count as service hours.
Please look over the options below and choose what works best for you. Thank you in advance for putting your training into actions that help make Lawns to Legumes a movement!