The Master Gardener Program in Juneau Co. started in 1995. Over 157 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 18 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Craig Saxe.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||51 hours|
|Adult Education||115 hours|
Since 2000: 14,249 hours at a value of over $279,347
* 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
- Boorman House
- Carl W. Nelson Animal Shelter
- Dave Brendle Park
- Grayside Community Garden
- Mauston Food Pantry Flower Beds
- Necedah Wildlife Refuge
- Adopt-A-Highway Projects
- Hospital Healing Garden
Maintaining Gardens at Boorman House
Boorman House is the County Museum and an historic house located on a main street in Mauston. The house receives many visitors, and often oﬀers open houses which draw the public. The gardens are on display all year round and many can be seen from the road, while others located a quiet walk away from the house oﬀer respite from sun and noise. MGVs can be found working and educating the public in the gardens throughout the year, enhancing the experience of visitors to the Museum and residents of Mauston.
Supporting a Small Town Library
Like many small town libraries, the New Lisbon Library is in need of expansion and updating. This year a New Lisbon Library Garden Tour was organized by MGVs to help raise money for the library building fund. The team not only organized the walk, publicity and promotion, but also hosted two gardens, and had MGVs at all garden locations to answer questions. Although the day was hot, the tour was a huge success, surpassing the expectations of the committee in raising funds.
Donating Fresh Produce to Necedah Food Pantry
There are five food pantries in Juneau county and MGVs contribute monetarily and donate fresh produce to them all. However, the Necedah Food Pantry is diﬀerent because there is a vegetable garden maintained by MGVs solely for the benefit of the pantry. This year over 800 pounds of fresh produce was donated to those in need from this garden alone, providing Necedah area residents with fresh, wholesome produce.