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Halt to Master Gardener Program volunteer activities

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies:

All Master Gardener Program related volunteer projects are suspended including, but not limited to, face to face meetings, bus trips, and plant sales for April and May. This will continue into the foreseeable future until further notice.

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Hours Update: You’ve Been Busy

When we implemented the online reporting system (ORS) a few years ago, our goal was to add meaning to the hours you reported. We want to tell richer stories of how your efforts make a difference in lives and communities. We spent our first year filling it with information.  Just as we got to the […]

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Pause to New Volunteer Projects

Effective immediately, we are pausing the start of any new volunteer projects.   Current approved projects may continue during this time. This decision does not come lightly since we understand the importance of MGV projects and the difference they make in our communities. The merger with UW-Madison has been a time of transition and adjustments. It […]


WiBee Statewide Project 2021

We want you to have an opportunity to volunteer safely this year! The Master Gardener Program is Partnering with WiBee, a community-science project developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more about this exciting opportunity to help pollinators happening statewide!

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Onboarding Lite for Returning Volunteers

In April 2021, all returning volunteers enrolled in the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program will get access to our new course, Onboarding-Lite.  This course is strongly recommended for all returning volunteers to complete and it will count for 10 hours of CE this year. People serving in both staff and volunteer roles are most successful when […]

our online classroom

Introducing Canvas, Our Online Classroom

This April 2021, we are putting all our online learning in one spot: our new online classroom, Canvas. If you completed Master Gardener Program annual enrollment this year, you will get exclusive access to Canvas. We will send you a NetID by email. A NetID is a special, UW-Madison issued username. You must use your […]

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Online Reporting System is Down

For Monday, October 19, 2020, the Online Reporting System is temporarily offline due to an unplanned interruption. As of 5pm on October 19, the ORS is again functional.


Changes to Wisconsin Master Gardener Program

To our valued volunteers: Keeping you informed about the program is a priority. We want you to feel like you understand the “why’s, how’s and what’s” of changes to the program. We want you to know that your voices were the driving force behind these new changes. We also exist in an evolving world and […]


Going Up the Wall

In March, I wrote about gardening to stimulate the senses. In that article I mentioned using vertical gardening techniques so I can better smell my herbs. That small blurb inspired me to do more vertical gardening this year. Vertical gardening, in my yard, creates another way to interact with my plants. It also creates challenges […]

stir fry

Why Use Tested Recipes?

Some of our favorite childhood memories may be of home-preserved foods: delicious dill pickles, spicy salsa, and sweet jams and jellies.  And many of us enjoy sharing these favorite items with family and friends. But how do we know that these family favorites are safe and of good quality to share?