At the end of 2019, 97 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 6,625 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $159,003 (Independent Sector). They also reported 1,709 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 10,770 individuals with various outreach projects
Advocates of Ozaukee
For several years, Ozaukee Master Gardeners have worked to create a welcoming landscape at Advocates of Ozaukee, a domestic abuse shelter serving the county. That work continued in 2019, with master gardener volunteers working at the secure facility. Shelter clients assisted with some projects.
During the United Way Day of Caring, employees from Rockwell Automation worked with master gardeners at the shelter, making significant headway on large projects. These Rockwell volunteers learned gardening techniques and had their gardening questions answered by master gardener volunteers.
4-H Youth Horticulture
The second year of the Ozaukee Master Gardeners’ 4-H youth horticulture project allowed 18 4-H members and their families to continue to learn and grow in the dedicated garden on the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds. Eight master gardeners assisted with the program, working with youths in and out of the garden.
Guest presenter WIMGA President Becky Gutzman worked with participants on a hands-on demonstration helping youths learn what judges look for when judging vegetables and flowers. 4-H participants were enthusiastic entrants in the Ozaukee County Fair competitions, and they all won blue ribbons for their efforts, with some being additionally awarded for outstanding exhibits. Some participants also made presentations to judges during the fair, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of topics like water conservation and crop rotation, proving that they are learning skills that will be applicable long beyond their time in the program.
Washington County Community Gardens
More than 10,700 pounds of food was harvested from the Washington County Community Gardens, one of Ozaukee Master Gardeners core projects. Approximately 10 volunteers from Ozaukee and Washington county master gardener programs helped 100 gardeners with a range of skill levels learn or improve important garden skills and have success in their plots.
This year a group of adults with cognitive disabilities also worked with gardeners at this project through a county-organized program. Not only did they learn about gardening, but they group enjoyed it so much they hope to have their own plot in the garden next year.