Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
Several MGVs are working with partners Community Action Inc, to create community garden spaces within underserved neighborhoods in Beloit, Wisconsin as a part of a neighborhood revitalization project. These gardens are maintained by volunteers, and draw 120-150 people from the local 5-6 block area for the spring garden festival and fall pumpkin painting party every year. Local neighbors are invited to harvest fresh collards, turnips, mustard greens, herbs, fruit, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots, watermelons, pumpkins and much more year round in the gardens. Additionally, MGVs take part with the Merrill Elementary School’s Garden Club in Beloit for third grade students by taking kids into the garden to learn about and taste fresh vegetables. MGVs help with other Merrill after school kids programs, in conjunction with volunteers from Beloit College, for additional gardening learning. These efforts help bring fresh food to otherwise underserved populations. It brings children into the gardens to learn the basics of gardens and develop an appreciation for fresh produce. Community is created through these projects, creating a better living environment as well.