Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
Because the theme of this year’s Bloomer Library Summer Reading Program was Dig into Reading, a group of Bloomer-area MGVs organized a weekly, hands-on beginner gardener series that targeted grade-school readers. They used CVMGA grant money for a community garden plot that was planted, weeded, and harvested over a six-week period. Along with a visit to the garden plot, each week MGVs developed a lesson with a different gardening theme accompanied by an art project. Children kept a diary of garden observations and the progress of their decomposition project—which was finally banned from the library. Their last meeting was in a local retirement home where the children shared vegetable pizzas made from their garden produce with elderly residents. The program was a huge success, including more than 20 children who were often accompanied by parents and younger siblings. The curriculum and colorful felt boards that were designed for each lesson can be used for other young gardener projects in the future.