The Master Gardener Program in Walworth County started in 1999. Over 424 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 62 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Walworth County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 3801.5 hours of community service, worth a value of over $91,236.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Teach Kids to Grow Vegetables
Walworth County Master Gardener Volunteers, along with over 60 students from Phoenix Middle School in Delavan, planned, planted, and harvested veggies in the community garden. During the summer months many of the gardens are used by local citizens and excess produce is donated to local food pantries. One of the students commented, “this makes me happy because people won’t go without food”.
Answer Gardening Questions at Farm Market
MGVs addressed over 700 inquiries related to vegetable production, tree health, and insect problems by staffing a weekly booth at the Lake Geneva Farmers Market. Visitors frequented the booth with garden questions and one vendor said that “they are a viable part of the market and they do a great job engaging the youth and families that visit the market.”
Teach Kids from Alternative High School about Native Plants
MGVs taught 25 students from the Alternative High School in Elkhorn, WI about native landscape plants and how to properly maintain landscapes during two volunteer workdays. Students learned the names of plants, how to care for them, and engaged in direct learning about the impacts of plants on creating vibrant communities.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- White River County Park
- Lake Geneva Farmers Market
- Walworth County Fair
- Lakeland Health Care Center
- Local libraries
- Phoenix Elementary School
- After school programs
- Kishwaukee Nature Conservancy
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