Spring has sprung at Minnesota Lottery retailers with the arrival of the garden series scratch game.

This vegetable lovin’ game is available in six hand-picked scenes—Ears to Winning, Cashed Potatoes, Lettuce All Win, Bean There Won That, Peas Be a Winner and Turnip the Cash—and offers instant cash crop yields up to $2,000.

To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of the ways lottery proceeds, through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, lettuce all win by supporting innovative projects that promote sustainable farming practices right here in Minnesota:

-The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris is currently designing and testing solar powered robotic mowers to control weeds and reduce herbicide use and energy costs while improving native vegetation on Minnesota’s agriculture lands.

-The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources learned about the benefits of cover crops, the opportunities and challenges associated with them, and the benefits of enhancing soil health over time. The insights gained from this project were instrumental in moving Minnesota forward in developing new strategies for soil health that will lead to greater adoption of cover crops and other soil health practices throughout the state.

-The Minnesota Department of Agriculture was able to measure how Kernza®, an intermediate wheatgrass, reduced nitrate nitrogen levels within wellhead protection areas in central and southeast Minnesota. A wellhead protection area is the area around the wellhead where land use activities have the potential to affect the water quality that flows into the well.

-The Science Museum of Minnesota for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station was able to demonstrate that planting native perennials (e.g., milkweed) within row-crops provides significant habitat to pollinators and aids reproduction of monarch butterflies without reducing productive land.

-The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System for Central Lakes College is learning about the conservation practice of planting camelina and kura clover as continuous living cover with corn-soybean rotations to help protect water quality in vulnerable wellhead protection areas.

-The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris was able to evaluate the use of solar technology that will help reduce the carbon footprint of Minnesota dairy farms through energy reduction.

Remember, your support helps make these projects possible. Thank you for playing your part. And don’t forget to pick up a garden series scratch ticket at your favorite lottery retailer because good things happen when you say I’MN.