Master Gardener Program in Lincoln County 2016

The Master Gardener Program in Lincoln County just started in 2014. Over 14 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 4 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Development Educator Dan Marzu.

Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 13 hours
Adult Education 60 hours
Support 180 hours
Total 254 hours

Since 2014: 570 hours at a value of over $12,738

* 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.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • Tall Pines Community Garden
  • Pine Crest Nursing Home
  • Grace Lutheran Garden of Giving
  • Kinship of Tomahawk Garden
  • Pine River Middle School
  • TB Scott Library
  • Boy Scouts
  • Live Sustainable, Lincoln Co. HCE group

Seed Library Expands Access to Seeds

Since 2014 the Lincoln County UW-Extension office has collaborated with the TB Scott Free Library in Merrill to develop an heirloom seed library. In 2016, a MGV took ownership of the program which included new seeds to fit our growing season and hosting an orientation workshop in the beginning of the season. Nineteen residents participated in the workshop. TB Scott Library also allows for non residents from surrounding communities and counties to “check out” seeds through an inter-library loan program.

Teaching About Gardening

In the fall of 2015, the Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County UW-Extension, and the Live Sustainable, Lincoln County Home and Community Education group received a Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to develop a community garden in Merrill. As part of the grant the MGVs organized workshops on seed starting and pollinator planting as well as inviting Dr. Brian Smith, UW Small Fruit Specialist, to talk to the gardeners.

Elders Engaged in Gardening

Another aspect of the community garden grant was to develop gardening programming for the county nursing home. MGVs used grant funding to purchase eleven containers for the residents to use. Activities were planned every other week with the nursing home activities director that included planting, watering, and harvesting the vegetables. This growing season twelve residents participated. Plans are to have a garden every week next season and to develop a mentoring program to include more community members.

bowl of vegetables