Check Out the Tollgate Camp Video!

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Meet Our Staff and Volunteers March 2021

Mary has been the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program State Leader since 2008 and she is based at Tollgate Farm. Mary is a native of Oakland County who grew up with a passion for plants, with a special interest in woody landscape plants (trees and shrubs). Mary has been a horticulture educator working with green industry businesses and consumers for MSU Extension for 36 years. Mary enjoys working with MSU Extension because of the opportunity to work with both people and plants while being connected to research and science. She likes sharing her knowledge with others and continually learning and being part of local, national and international networks to continue the exchange of scientific knowledge on plants. Her works has included travel to exchange ideas with horticulturists, EMGs, and plant enthusiasts in different states and counties (South Korea, Europe, Great Britain and numerous states). In her free time, Mary enjoys gardening (of course!) and specifically raising vegetables and cut flowers in her 144’ x 36’ hoop house. She also enjoys travel (prior to COVID-19) and learning about new plants. MSU Extension and Tollgate are fortunate to have Mary’s incredible knowledge and experience leading the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program. Thank you for all you do for MSU Extension and Tollgate Farm Mary!

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Crispy Apple and Kohlrabi Salad

This salad is bright, light, and crisp. This refreshing salad comes together with just some chopping and holds well for a day or two, making it a great make-ahead side dish or lunch.

Crispy Apple and Kohlrabi Salad

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Sage Apple Quinoa Stuffed Squash

This recipe combines some of the best fall flavors into one delicious dish. It would be great made with a black futsu squash, but works perfectly in an acorn squash or other similar variety.

Sage Apple Quinoa Stuffed Squash

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Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

This soup is creamy and bright, sure to add some sunshine to a winter’s day! The best part is it comes together in two easy steps: roast and blend.

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

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Cinnamon Maple Roasted Kabocha Squash

Kabocha squash is a specialty winter squash that is so sweet and creamy that it doesn’t require much dressing up! These thin, crispy and caramelized squash slices make a great addition to a fall salad or homemade pizza, that is, if they even make it off the baking sheet!

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Kabocha Squash

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