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.
If you sign up to be a coach, we will match you with one or more grantees during the grant period (Spring and Fall). 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. Coaches typically spend up to three hours on each grantee, but the need and gardening skill level of grantees varies widely.
We also host an online page for all of our grantees, The Hive. All coaches have access to this page and you are welcome scroll through and answer questions from grantees who didn’t get matched with a coach. Signing up to be a Community Coach means you won’t be assigned any grantees and will only answer questions in The Hive.
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!