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|
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.
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