Gardening from the Heart


Paulette Blaseg, recognized with a Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Forest Service photo.

IDAHO - Many Forest Service employees are no stranger to going the extra mile to help meet the needs of people in their community. On the Boise National Forest, exhibit 1A is data services specialist Paulette Blaseg. 

Her hours away from the Supervisors’ Office can often be found serving as master gardener for Nampa’s Trinity Community Gardens. Blaseg channels her natural love for gardening into providing 4,000 pounds of delectable produce a year to hungry families. Carrots, tomatoes, and radishes are just part of the bounty distributed to local food pantries and the Ronald McDonald house.

Blaseg was recognized for her tremendous work on a national scale with an honor in January from the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards for Public service is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism in America.

A well-deserved tip of the hat from all her proud coworkers at Boise National Forest!

The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards are given at both national and local levels.