At the end of 2019, 18 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 804 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $19,289 (Independent Sector). They also reported 380 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 976 individuals with various outreach projects.
Sweet Success: Educating the Public
Iron County Master Gardener Volunteers assisted the UW-Madison Extension Iron County Agriculture Educator in hosting two “Backyard Maple Syrup Making” classes. One class was held in the field were participants learned how to identify sugar maple trees, proper tapping techniques to reduce damage to the trees while getting the most sap from them. The other class focused on the processing of sap into syrup.
Developing Interpretive Trail
The Hurley K-12 School is developing an interpretive nature trail on campus. Iron Co. MGVs spent the summer assisting with invasive species eradication. Common buckthorn is the most common problem in the forests surrounding the school. Volunteers helped the science instructor teach students how to identify buckthorn as well as its safe and permanent removal. They also actively lent a hand in the removal over the course of several days.
Tap Talk: Educating the Public
Members of the Iron County Master Gardener Volunteer program held a panel discussion at the local brewery. Three volunteers each talked about a topic of horticulture interest in the local community. Topics including deer resistant landscape plants, invasive pests and emerging insect and disease problems were presented. A spirited question and answer session on these and other topics followed.