The Master Gardener Program in Juneau Co. started in 1995. Over 158 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 18 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Educator Alana Voss.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||77 hours|
|Adult Education||52 hours|
Since 2000: 15,349 hours at a value of over $304,713
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $23.06 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Stewart’s Chapel
- Adopt-A-Highway projects
- Necedah Wildlife Refuge
- Elroy Fair
- Veteran’s Park, Lyndon Station
- Mile Bluﬀ Med. Center Healing Garden
- Boorman House
- Mauston Food Pantry
Fostering Youth Gardening
A local group of youth (12 girls and 1 boy) primarily interested in horses, expanded their knowledge to include gardening this summer. With the guidance of one MGV, they undertook a summer long project focused on vegetable gardening. This included learning the basics on soil health, composting and soil preparation. They continued with planning three- square foot garden plots, choosing the types of plants to be grown, maintenance of the gardens, and harvesting. The project ended with food preservation and enjoying eating what they grew.
Juneau County Fair Booth Educates
MGVs provide educational resources and information on the local MG program at a booth in the open class building at the Juneau County Fair. The fair theme this year was “Cowboy Boots and Hometown Roots.” Sticking with this theme our group created a display to show the history of preservation with Mason Jars. Tying in the past with current practices that MGVs use in preserving produce from their own gardens, lead to being awarded the Best of Show in the Open Class.
Necedah Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Garden
MGVs have a unique opportunity to work with the Necedah Wildlife Refuge located in northern Juneau County. Our eﬀorts have focused on creating and maintaining a butterfly garden on the refuge. This area is on a main visitor hiking path for all to enjoy and experience, with over 15 diﬀerent species of plants that are known to host butterflies. These plants are identified and labeled to help visitors plan their own butterfly garden.