Meet the MNLA Foundation Trustees - 2018-2020



Jay Siedschlaw, Hennepin Technical College

Seth Midura, Natural Creations, Inc.



 David Zlesak, University of Wisconsin River Falls




Dave Kleinhuizen, Margolis Co. 


John O’Reilly, Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping


Adam Zopfi, Midwest Landscapes, Inc.


Jim Saybolt, Biota Landscape Design and Build



 Andy Wilson, Wilson's Nursery, Inc.


Andy Vick, Gertens Wholesale & Professional Turf, GM













































We are on it! We ARE working to change the way young adults, parents and community look at horticulture as a career choice and build a connection with schools, higher education institutions with young adults and parents.

MNLA Foundation Accomplishments 2018--2020:

Our biggest accomplishment is the High School Curriculum.  This comprehensive project is a collective effort from some of the best researchers, scholars and industry experts in Minnesota.  This FREE curriculum addresses the importance and significant value of horticulture and gives detailed lessons for botany and plant growth, plant material, floriculture, landscape design and maintenance.  It is guide for teachers to use in developing a 1-2-year course. The program prepares students with skills that allow them to continue their educational at a two or four-year college or start working in the field directly. 

One of the most popular viewed web pages is the High School Curriculum with an average of 500 views a week. People are looking at it! We offer curriculum to high schools around the country. The curriculum is the hands of over 300 high school agriculture teaches across the state of Minnesota.

Partnership with University of Minnesota Extension and CFANS College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences who hosts collaborative events, provides research, and hosts the MNLA High School Curriculum on their CFANS resource webpage.

Partnership with the Minnesota Department of AG Education who has shared the MNLA High School Curriculum resource to over 600 AG Educators.

MNLA Foundation Scholarship Program has provided almost 500 college scholarships since its inception in 1996. Members can sponsor a student and the MNLA Foundation matches their donation through fundraising events such as the MNLA Shootout and Northern Green Silent Auction.  Learn more at our website .

Partnership with FFA – Future Farmers of America.  Attended the FFA State Competition in April.

Research – provided members with monthly research articles in our SCOOP magazine and in our Research for the Real-World website blog.

Career Exploration – Each year we participate in several large scale regional career fairs that the MNLA Foundation participates at.  A few of the largest career fairs are, Southern MN Perkins Consortium, Central Lakes Bridging Career Exploration Day and just about every college hosts a career day for nearby high school students throughout the year. We have been in front of thousands of students each year.

Community Outreach – we attend many events and meetings to network with community programs that connect with the green industry.  St. Paul AG Advisory gathers AG teachers, and agriculture related community partners sharing collaborative opportunities. We solicit events to our members to participate or share their expertise.

Partnership with MAAE (Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators) who are an organization of teachers of agriculture at the high school, post-secondary, and adult levels who seek to advance agricultural education in Minnesota. Both summer and fall conferences in 2017, MNLA provided workshops.  This summer, 2018, the event will be hosted at Hennepin Technical College and offer tours of MNLA member facilities.

Awarded MAELC Grant (Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council).  Provided a hands-on workshop for Ag teachers throughout Minnesota, building a permanent structure; patio, retaining wall, sidewalk and plantings at the Minnesota State Fair (2017) and an irrigation workshop (2019). 

Attend the Landscape Competition hosted by University of River Falls, over 1,000 students attended.

Toured the greenhouses at AFSA High School and see the aquaponics tanks filled with Tilapia which produce salad greens and vegetables supplying 75% of the vegetables for their school lunch program.  In addition, we talked with students and parents about careers at their annual career day.

You’ll find many opportunities in our E-News to share your story with young adults.  We invite you to explore our work further and engage in the conversation with us on Facebook @MNLA1 or @MinnesotaLandlovers, or by participating at our fundraising events. 


Thank you to our volunteers for their direction and help to make the activities and efforts of the MNLA Foundation meaningful for our members and the community!  We are grateful to all our members who have donated their time and money to support the MNLA Foundation.

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