Master Gardener Program in Marquette County

The Master Gardener Program in Marquette County started in 1998. Over 130 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 Educator Lyssa Seefeldt.

Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 41 hours
Adult Education 625 hours
Support 967 hours
Total 21,749 hours

Since 2000: 27,311 hours at a value of over $494,036

* 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

  • Marquette Co. Historical Soc. Gardens
  • Marquette County Fair
  • Family Adventure Day
  • Fish N’ Fun Festival
  • Brakebush Health Fair
  • Endeavor Sharing Supper
  • Marquette Co. Interactive Nature Trail
  • Marquette County Garden Walk

Promoting Pollinators

As pollinators are at risk in our landscapes, over 65 pollinator packages (butterfly weed and sunflower seeds) were given to children and their families at local events to plant in their own neighborhoods to help provide food sources for pollinators. Several events this year had pollinator elements to increase awareness, including the 2016 Garden Walk with the theme of Pollinator Paradise, with UW-Extension publications available on pollinators.

Focus on Growing Food

Many of our activities incorporated information on growing fruit and vegetables. Each year we host a fruit tree and small food plant sale, with over 1000 trees and 5000 small food plants sold at economical prices to an average of 140 families to help our community achieve better food security. At Family Adventure Day, 150 tomato, pepper, and lettuce plants were donated to kids and their families, and 74 beans were planted by kids to take home to start their own garden. At the Endeavor Sharing Supper, 38 Plant-a-Row packets with free seeds were distributed to encourage donation to local food pantries and senior dining centers. Growing and preserving fruits and veggies was highlighted at the Brakebush Health Fair, where MGVs answered questions, demonstrated proper pruning techniques, and distributed over 90 UW-Extension publications.

Learning About Hybridization

This year’s spring outreach program featured Nate Bremer of Solaris Farm, a retired science teacher who hybridizes daylily and peony plants. Twenty five people attended to learn about the science behind the hybridization process.

volunteers in garden