The Master Gardener Program in Waushara County started in 2001. Over 160 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 16 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Waushara County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1573.5 hours of community service, worth a value of over $37,764.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Teach a 4-H Club how to Garden
Waushara County Master Gardener Volunteers partnered with a local 4-H groups to work together on care of public gardens while teaching about annuals, perennials and weeds. Each week included an educational component. The youth learned about plants and gardening while helping beautify Wautoma. They were so enthusiastic that they would remind their parents of the activity days and requested that this be an ongoing project.
Educate Public how to Garden
MGVs hosted several booths at Waushara Co. Fair, Waushara Senior Community Fair, Redgranite Correctional Institution Employee Health Fair, and others to answer questions from the public. Over 800 people attended these events.
Teach Kids how to Start Seeds
MGVs taught over 200 students of various grades how to start seeds and care for plants. This is an activity held at Parkside Middle School in Wautoma but open to any child throughout the entire area and sponsored by Waushara Co. Dept. Human Services for purpose of teaching safety behaviors, discovering area resources and to provide free family focused fun. Each child had opportunity to select a flower or vegetable which they planted and were given instructions both verbally and in writing for ongoing care. Children demonstrated their ability to follow directions while also getting the opportunity for hands on learning.
Grow Vegetables for the Food Pantry
MGVS raised and harvested vegetables at Hancock Agriculture Research Station. Over 260 pounds of veggies from the site was donated to Waushara County Food Pantry.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Hancock Research Station Gardens
- Waushara County Fairgrounds
- Covered Bridge gardens
- Redgranite Library garden
- Bird Creek Park
- Wautoma City Hall
- Wautoma Library seed exchange