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The MNLA Foundation focuses on three areas

Research Information

You need knowledge to improve your business and operations – and in turn increase your profitability as part of our industry’s aim to improve the outdoor living environment. The MNLA Foundation promises to deliver to you the research-based information and insights you need for your environmental horticulture and landscape business. Our Research Information Director will compile, distill and disseminate easy-to-read information on topics such as:
  • New plant materials and plant hardiness trials.
  • Sustainable landscape design, tree care and lawn maintenance practices.
  • Marketing and consumer preferences.
  • Plant insect/disease/weed control.
  • Water management.
  • Nursery and greenhouse production.

Find out more and read Research for the Real World articles on our website.

All proceeds from the Widmer Golf Tournament benefit the Research Fund.

Career Development

Our industry, your business and even the environment are facing a crisis because so few young people are choosing green industry careers. The MNLA Foundation promises to deliver tools and promotion to enhance the image of nursery, greenhouse, landscape, irrigation, and tree care professions. The Foundation’s Career Development Program will:
  • Provide educational materials for students at various grade levels and help members establish relationships with schools.
  • Inform teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and students about the legitimate career paths available in the green industry.
  • Promote horticulture and landscape programs at area colleges.

Find out more about the MNLA Foundation's Career Development projects on our School Outreach page.

All proceeds from the Garden Party benefit the Career Development Fund.


The MNLA Foundation Academic Awards Scholarship Program will reward outstanding college students who have made horticulture or landscaping their career choice and, furthermore, enhance industry relationships with these students. 

Learn more about the 2017-18 MNLA Foundation Scholarship.

All proceeds from the MNLA Shootout benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Surplus Auctions

Instead of looking at the piles of leftover inventory you have sitting around, why not donate your unused materials, equipment, and nursery stock to a very worthy cause and at the same time make a charitable contribution. 

What can you donate or buy?

Nursery stock, trees, shrubs, perennials, native plugs, plants of all sorts.  *Nursery stock need not be delivered to Fahey Auction site.

Landscape/Nursery Supplies: New containers, landscape fabric, edging, tarps, wire baskets, and burlap, Sisal twine, bagged soils, bagged mulch or anything else you can find that fits this category.

Hard goods: tools, lumber, pallets of pavers, retaining wall materials, irrigation supplies, and anything else you can think of that fits in this category.

Equipment: New or used trucks, trailers, landscaping/nursery equipment, attachments, new or slightly used tires, mowers, blowers, rollers, sprayers or anything else you can think of that that fits in this category.

Office equipment: computers, printers, copy machines, office furniture, office supplies, etc.

Services: Vacation Home (VRBO), or time share weeks. You decide what kind of service you could provide: Landscape design, custom growing, spring landscape cleanup, put a value on it and will sell.

Personal recreation goods: boats, docks, guns, hunting and fishing equipment, campers, cars, ATV’s snowmobiles, trailers, patio furniture, grills, etc.

Anything you want to LET GO of, personal or business items!

How can you donate?

Simple! Bring your donation to Fahey Auction Complex anytime!  Fahey has many auctions throughout the year and which auction your items sells, doesn’t matter.

 *For donations of Nursery Stock and Trees: you can bring your donation to the Fahey Auction Complex OR, let us know by filling this online application out.  To be included in any of the auctions, submission must be at least two weeks in advance of auction schedule.  *You will NOT be required to deliver to Fahey Auction Complex.

Questions about the MNLA Foundation?  Call us at 651-633-4987 or email

Donors will be thanked in the SCOOP Magazine and receive a charitable donation receipt.

Check out Fahey Auction Schedules HERE.



Each year the MNLA Foundation hosts a live Silent Auction event at Northern Green.  Consider donating an item, service or product to enable the Foundation to provide important activities that will generate the next generation of workers in the green industries.  You can donate items anytime in the year, easily online.  




Chair: Jay Siedschlaw

Landscape Design and Construction Instructor

Hennepin Technical College


Adam Zopfi

Midwest Landscapes, Inc.


Seth Midura

Natural Creations, Inc.


Ivan Izzo

BFG Supply Company


David Zlesak

University of River Falls, Wisconsin

Dave Kleinhuizen
Margolis Company
John O'Reilly
Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscape












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