The Master Gardener Program in Calumet County

The Master Gardener Program in Calumet County started in 1991. Over 92 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 28 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Ag Agent Eric Ronk.

Workshops Offered at Community Garden

This year MGVs started offering educational workshops at the community garden that was established last year in partnership with the Calumet Medical Center (CMC) and MGVs. Individuals and groups are invited to plant vegetables and flowers in 15 x 20 plots near the CMC. Workshop topics included planning your garden, choosing your garden transplants and hardening them off, preserving your herbs and produce, and puƫng your garden to bed for the winter.

Plant Sale Profit Used for Scholarships

Our 22nd annual plant sale was held in mid-May at the Calumet County Fairgrounds, offering numerous annuals, vegetable and herb plants, geraniums, accent plants, hanging baskets, and perennials. Funds raised at the sale are used for operating expenses and educational opportunities for MGVs, as well as to offer scholarships to local students continuing their education in a horticultural field.

FFA Show Judged

Calumet Co. Ag Agent Eric Ronk, Family Living Educator Paula Hella, and MGV Byron Hacker were judges for the annual New Holstein FFA/FFA Alumni Crop/Garden and Food Show. There were 39 exhibitors, which entered 250 entries in 39 different categories. After the entries were judged, over 50 participants stayed to learn about the justification of the placings, with MGVs offering expanded explanations of different growing techniques, identifying some of the more unusual vegetables, and answering many other questions about the entries and horticulture in general.

Volunteer Service in 2015

Youth education 147 hours
Adult education 670 hours
Support services 1070 hours
Total 1887 hours
Value* $41978

Since 2000: 39,362 hours at a value of over $678,459

* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.24 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.

Copy of Master Gardener Symbol - Full Color

Where you can find activities by MGVs in Calumet Co.

  • CMC Community Garden
  • Chilton Flower Bed
  • Calumet County Fairgrounds
  • Chilton Public Library
  • Brillion Public Library
  • New Holstein Public Library
  • Chilton Optimist River Walk
  • Calumet County Court House