Joel Karsten is a certified Nursery and Landscape Professional through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.  He also holds a BS from the University of Minnesota in Horticulture Science; however, his real gardening knowledge has come from 35 years of being in the garden.  He started pulling weeds at four years old in the garden with his Grandma Josephine, who taught him everything a good vegetable gardener needs to know in order to grow an extraordinary garden every year.   Joel’s father, Glen Karsten, owner of Karsten Nursery, has been growing and selling trees and shrubs for many years at his tree farm near Worthington MN.  Joel spent many hours working in the nursery fields, planting and harvesting, until he made his escape to the University of Minnesota, for a four year “vacation” from the farm.   Read about how he pioneer the Straw Bale Gardening Method in his newest book “Straw Bale Gardens Complete” published by Quartos Publishing Group USA’s imprint Cool Springs Press.  His books have become world-wide best sellers, and have been awarded international acclaim in the field of Practical Horticulture.  This website is dedicated to spreading the word about Straw Bale Gardening and all of the benefits that it has to offer.