The Master Gardener Program in Douglas started in 1988. Over 275 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 18 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Jane Anklam.
Community Gardeners…Tell Us What You Need!
Trudy Fredericks serves as the on-site MGV at the Catlin Green Community Garden, utilized by residents of the Superior Housing Authority (SHA). To learn about the garden needs and demographics, Fredericks surveyed both current resident gardeners and those who do not participate. Results indicated the desire among residents to use gardens to build community, share knowledge, resources, eﬀorts and FOOD! Noted barriers to SHA community gardening were access to tools, mulch and compost, pest management and physical plot accessibility. In response, 3 pest management work days and compost /mulch onsite “building” have begun. Next year promises new research based collaborations with new “inclusive” fencing and compost bins.
How to Raise a Bed: Workshop Builds Experience
MGVs developed a workshop for community members to take part in building replacement raised beds for the Solid Rock Supplemental Food Garden. Prior to the workshop a raised bed design class was oﬀered at a Lake Superior MGA meeting. MGVs harvested this year’s bounty to help supply the Northwest Community Service Agency with food.
Library Invites Patrons with Welcoming Streetscape
MGVs put their knowledge of plants and design into practice via a partnership of Lake Nebagamon Garden Club and MGVs as they designed a “facelift” for the overgrown and out of balance Imogene McGrath Memorial Library in Lake Nebagamon. A large planter was added as a focal point and over grown perennials were removed and replaced with ornamental grasses and low maintenance shrubs and perennials. The landscape now fits with the open and inviting presence associated with a library.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||5 hours|
|Adult education||128 hours|
|Support services||829 hours|
Since 2000: 28,419 hours at a value of over $494,830
* 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 Douglas Co.
- Broadway Community Gardens
- Town of Parkland Community Gardens
- Fairlawn Historic Gardens
- Douglas Co. Historical Society Gardens
- Cooper School Garden
- Lake Nebagamon Community Center
- Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center
- Solid Rock Supplemental Food Garden