At the end of 2019, 13 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 584 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $14,009 (Independent Sector). They also reported 280 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 732 individuals with various outreach projects.
Communicating with the Community
Juenau County Master Gardeners produce a comprehensive newsletter that is mailed and emailed out to those that are interested in horticulture and the Juneau County Master Gardeners. They also utilize social media to reach out to those interested in the Jueanu County Master Gardeners and horticulture topics through their Juneau County Master Gardener Facebook page. This allows them to continue a quick communication option and the ability to share upcoming events, informational articles, and photos of projects they have been working on in the county.
Working with the Necedah After School Youth
Juneau County Master Gardeners worked with 60 youth on starting seeds in March of 2019. They utilized this time to help teach the youth about the process of growing plants from seeds to harvest. The youth enjoyed the time with the Master Gardeners as they have just received funding to create a school garden. The seeds they started will be used in the school garden and harvested in the fall by the youth.
Educating and Reaching out to the Public
At the sharing supper held monthly in Mauston, Master Gardener Volunteers provide educational materials and hands on activities for over 150 contacts with youth and adults throughout the year. In addition, Master Gardener Volunteers manned a table at the Women’s Night Out in October providing material, promoting the organization and answering garden questions for over 160 women.
Support to the Community
Juneau County Master Gardener Volunteers bring support to the community through their various projects. The raise funds through plant sales to donate to local food pantries and animal shelter. Also, they sponsor a speciality ribbon or two for the Juneau County fair to help inspire youth to continue their interests in horticulture projects. Furthermore, they also help with beautification projects for the city planters, historical society, food pantry, animal shelter.