The Master Gardener Program in Calumet County started in 1991. Over 96 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 26 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program was Ag Agent Eric Ronk (position now vacant).
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||138 hours|
|Adult Education||548 hours|
Since 2000: 41,159 hours at a value of over $718,856
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.48 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Calumet Co.
- Chilton Flower Bed
- Calumet County Courthouse
- Chilton Public Library
- Chilton Optimist River Walk
- Calumet County Fairgrounds
- CMC Community Garden
- Brillion Public Library
- New Holstein Public Library
Coaching Youth to Success
A MGV coaches the Chilton FFA Floriculture Team, meeting with the team and practicing on a weekly basis to assist the team members in identifying diﬀerent plants, design tools and equipment, and more. The team placed 5th out of 10 teams qualifying for the at the state competition in Madison, while one member placed 2nd as individual. Two 4-H members from Calumet County, coached by MGVs, qualified in the WI Plant and Soil Science competition and along with another from Portage Co. represented Wisconsin at the National Junior Horticulture Competition in Erie, PA in October, placing 6th in the nation. Calumet County MGVs also donated $500 to help defray some of the costs of attending the event.
Community Garden Grows
MGVs constructed 16 new raised beds at the Community Garden at Calumet Medical Center that were used by members of the community and MGVs. Excess produce and sweet corn from the Community Garden was sold at two local Farmers Market held weekly on Thursdays and Fridays. Monthly gardening classes were also oﬀered at the hospital to help others in the community learn about growing their own food.
Plant Sale Supports Projects, Scholarship Fund
This year we held our 23rd annual plant sale at the Calumet County Fairgrounds a week after the Chilton FFA’s plant sale, selling their leftover plants and hanging baskets in addition to our own oﬀerings of vegetable plants, annuals, geraniums, perennials, hanging baskets and other potted planters. The money raised from the sale supports local MG educational projects as well as our Scholarship Fund.