The Master Gardener Program in Waushara County started in 2001. Over 165 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 32 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Ken Williams.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||19 hours|
|Adult Education||223 hours|
Since 2001: 30,136 hours at a value of over $570,172
* 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
- Waushara County Fair Booth
- Redgranite Raised Bed Comm. Gardens
- Covered Bridge Park Gardens
- Planting Booth at Blue Ribbon Kids Day
- Plant Sale and information booth
- Community Fair, Wautoma
- Hancock Research Stations Gardens
- Plainfield Square Garden
Demo Garden Shows Possibilities
MGVs partner with Hancock Research Station staﬀ to maintain 5 acres of gardens containing annuals, perennials, shrubs, small trees fruits, square foot vegetable beds and a raised bed for those who can’t bend or are confined to wheel chair. These can easily be seen from the Interstate as well as viewed up close anytime from dawn to dusk. The plants have signage for identification and demonstrate what plants can be grown in our zone and local soils. At the annual open house MGVs are on hand to answer questions and provide extension materials on wide variety of horticultural topics.
Educating the Public
MGVs educated over 800 people through answering questions and providing extension materials on a wide variety of horticultural topics at our annual plant sale, open house and tour at Hancock Research Station, throughout the four days of the Waushara County Fair, at a community fair in the beginning of October and at the Employee Health Fair at the Redgranite Correctional Institution. Our participation at that last event makes our educational oﬀerings more accessible to those employees since their work schedules make it diﬃcult for them to attend our other educational programs.
Teaching Kids About Plants
MGVs partnered with local schools to teach hands- on gardening to over 160 children. Each child was provided with choice of flower or vegetable seed, along with planting medium and mini greenhouse containers. They were guided on how to plant the seed and took home their completed project along with care instructions.