The Master Gardener Program in Brown County started in 1979. Over 330 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 75 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Vijai Pandian.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||218 hours|
|Adult Education||192 hours|
Since 2000: 70,800 hours at a value of over $1,267,855
* 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 Brown Co.
- St. Mark’s Church
- St. Philip’s Church
- West Side YMCA
- Green Bay Botanical Garden
- Heritage Hill State Park
- Brown Co. UW-Extension Office
- Aging & Disability Resource Center
- Native Garden at De Pere Riverwalk
Garden Provides Food for ADRC
The Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Garden Project, located on Adams Street in downtown Green Bay, provides fresh vegetables for the hot meals served at the facility. Three raised beds totaling less than 100 ft2 produced over 150 pounds of fresh food. MGVs provided the technical experƟ se on garden planning, soil preparation, seed selection, pest/disease management, etc., while ADRC volunteers planted, maintained, and harvested the vegetables.
Urban Garden Stage for Education
The community garden at St. Philip Church produced about 300 pounds of produce that was donated to St. Bernard’s food pantry. This garden was featured in the New Leaf Foods Incredible Edible Garden Walk in August which highlighted unique urban agricultural efforts in the greater Green Bay area that promote local food access and education. Event participants toured the garden, sampled homemade salsa and vegetables, and visited with MGVs who were available to answer questions.
Teaching Children About Growing Food
With the help of MGVs, the YMCA Children’s Garden produced 285 pounds of fresh vegetables that were distributed to the YMCA or to local food pantries. This is also the site where MGVs offer weekly sessions where children get to work hand-in-hand with MGVs to learn gardening principles. At the Healthy Kids Day in May close to 1,000 children and their families got to experience hands-on activities related to this year’s theme of the importance of pollinators in our gardens.