At the end of 2019, 17 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 928 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $22,281 (Independent Sector). They also reported 262 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 2,582 individuals with various outreach projects.
Gardening with Seniors
Six Vilas County MGV’S teamed up with the Vilas County Community Health Coordinator to help plant a container garden with vegetables and herbs for sixty-four seniors at Nutrition Sites this summer. We talked about the nutritional value of fresh vegetables, and that they can continue to enjoy gardening in a smaller way. The seniors that participated enjoyed working with the soil and plants and were happy to be taking home a small garden that could be grown at their homes.
Growing Food For Food Pantry
MGV helped the Northland Pines Soar 4th grade class learn about soil, planting and growing of vegetables. 14 students planted 14 cabbage plants in the hoop house at the Northland pines Community Garden in May, which were all harvested later in the summer for the Vilas Food Pantry.
Our 40×20 foot hoop house and unrented plots are planted with produce going to the Vilas County Food Pantry. Four MGV’S in a weekly labor of love plant, water, weed, harvest, and delivered 452 produce to the Food Pantry. This very worthwhile project benefits approximately 226 local families, with anywhere from 1-9 members in these families. The volunteers at the pantry say this fresh produce is very appreciated and is the first items families take!
Gardening for the Community
16 Vilas County MGV’S add to the beautification of Eagle River, St Germain, and Three Lakes each year by maintaining over 12 gardens throughout their communities. Four MGV’S also sit on the Eagle River Main Street Design Committee which overseeing city plantings.
This year our 4th annual Garden Tour showcased four extensive private gardens in the NE corner of Vilas County, Phelps/Conover area. Twelve MGV’S helped make it a great success. One hundred visitors appreciated and got ideas from gardens in lakeside, woodland and farm settings. Proceeds were donated to the new Library gardens and the Hive Alive Bee program at Northland Pines Middle School.
Gardening at the Library
Twelve MGV and six library volunteers assisted the Vilas County Land & Water Conservation staff in preparation and planting of a native and rain garden at the Olson Memorial Library, after the library was completely remodeled, and the old gardens destroyed. The rain garden was established to address stormwater management due to the increase in impervious surfaces of the roof and parking lot. This is an ongoing project, which will increase knowledge of using native plants in landscaped gardens. The plants are mostly native forest edge and prairie plants that will provide habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.