Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
Planning for Neillsville’s first community garden began last fall as a joint venture with Calvary Lutheran Church, UW-Extension, and Over the Garden Gate Garden Club. Calvary provided the land for the garden as well as money to start the project. The club and Listemann Foundation provided additional money, and a local resident provided the lumber for the raised bed boxes. After surveying the community, it was determined that there was adequate interest to move forward with the project. Work days were held when MGVs built the beds, filled the beds with soil and compost, and erected an eight foot high deer fence. Training sessions, using Extension materials, were held in April before planting began. Eight of the 10 beds were rented and the remaining two were planted with potatoes for Neillsville’s community Thanksgiving dinner. Gardens grew well and gardeners, some who had a garden for the first time, enjoyed the experience and the fresh produce. Gardens were cleaned out and plant material composted in late October.