The Master Gardener Program in Crawford County started in 2000. Over 90 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 16 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UWEX staﬀ member facilitating the MG Program is Karen Snitker.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||46 hours|
|Adult Education||121 hours|
Since 2000: 24,789 hours at a value of over $459,564
* 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 Crawford Co.
- Memorial Gardens, St. Feriole Island
- Bethel Oaks Memory Care Facility
- Crawford County Fair
- Oktober Fest
- Annual Plant Sale
- Q & A at Tractor Supply (2 days)
- Veteran’s Memorial
- Downtown Prairie du Chien
Sensory Garden Engages Residents
A MGV created a sensory garden for residents in Bethel Oaks, a memory care facility, including plants such as cherry tomatoes for taste, lamb’s ear for touch, and marigolds and roses for smell. During the program from May to mid-September, 11-14 participants met once a week to engage in activities such as making signs for the plants and placing them on the proper plants, creating bamboo wind chimes and helping with planting. Many of the participants were farmers or gardeners and activities stimulated memories, from which many stories were told.
Labels for Memorial Gardens on St Feriole Island
Because people visiting the Gardens often want to know “What plant is that?”, we implemented a plant labeling program starting with 500 stakes on which labels with the proper nomenclature could be attached using a label maker and tape. An overall map of Memorial Gardens was created. Each smaller garden was diagrammed and a list of all the plants in each area was put into an electronic spreadsheet, from which labels could be printed. Labeled stakes are placed by the correct plant in the garden and are maintained by MGVs.
Monarch Butterfly Conservation
After MGV Donna Starkey made a presentation on monarch butterfly conservation to the Association, our group has tried to incorporate these ideas into our projects including growing plants that monarchs favor, learning the diﬀerent types of milkweed, being careful with pesticides, understanding the life cycle of monarchs, and educating others about the about the plight of the monarchs – including presentations to 3rd graders in area schools.