Master Gardener Program in Portage County

The Master Gardener Program in Portage Co. started in 1991. Over 317 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 56 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Ken Schroeder facilitates the MG Program in Portage Co.


Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 397 hours
Adult Education 1437 hours
Support 1143 hours
Total 2977 hours

Since 2000: 63,105 hours at a value of over $1,135,988

* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.48 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • Stevens Point YMCA Giving Garden
  • Rosholt Fair
  • Golden Sands Home and Garden Show
  • Portage County Libraries
  • Stevens Point Farmers Market
  • Portage County Parks
  • MGV Annual Plant Sale
  • Portage County Aging Centers

Supporting Horticulture Education

Each year money raised through our plant sale not only supports our activities but also allows us to help other organizations that promote gardening in our area. This year we donated money to the local 4-H program to help students learn flower arrangement; to the Boston School Forest which educates every student in the Stevens Point School District about environmental and forest management; helped send a local high school student to the National Junior Horticulture Competition; and provided two scholarships to UW-SP students in horticulture.

YMCA Giving Garden

In partnership with the YMCA, MGVs planted, maintained and harvested produce from 26 raised beds located at the YMCA. In addition, every Tuesday and Thursday approximately 60 students spent time in the garden learning about growing vegetables and healthy eating. The 800 pounds of produce was either consumed by the students, their families or donated to the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Helping Other Organizations Thrive

This year money raised through a container raffle, quilt raffle and ticket sales for our Garden Parade was donated to two local groups. The Green Thumb program of the Boys and Girls Club of Portage Co. will use the funds for supplies and programming in their five gardens teaching skills and healthy eating. The Hunger & Poverty Prevention Partnership works with Giving Gardens throughout the county to supply fresh produce to those in need. In 2015, over 1,828 pounds was donated. Our donation will be used to build a shed to house all their garden supplies.

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