The Adams County Master Gardeners have 41 members, with 14 certified for 2015.
|In 2014 we volunteered||108||hours in youth education|
|26||hours in community education|
|778||hours in support service|
|and participated in||405||hours in continuing education|
Education is the main emphasis of the Adams Co. MGVA. We always invite the general public to participate in our monthly educational programs. During the summer months we hold tours of member’s individual gardens including touring the plantings of numerous nurseries. Our winter educational programs included Organic Gardening, Native Tree Diseases and Pests, Medicinal Plants; What They Are; What They Do; And How To Use Them, Plant Propagation Isn’t As Hard As You Think, Beekeeping, and Monarch Butterflies.
Major Accomplishments or Projects:
- The Adams Co. MGVA helps maintain plantings at various locations including the Adams Co. Historical Society Museum and the planters at Moundview Memorial Hospital. We also volunteer in the Gardening section of the Adams Co. Library as well as maintaining their plants.
- We have a small fruit, plant and tree sale as a major fundraiser every other year. We also have an annual Brat Fry to raise additional funds. The profits from these events allowed the MGVA to offer scholarships to area youth as well as other community activities.
- We promote the MG program through articles in our newsletter which comes out six times a year as well as staffing a booth at the Adams Co. Fair.
- The Adams Co. MGVA also maintains three 2 mile sections of highway for Adopt-A- Highway.
- Every year ACMG volunteers donate money to the local 4-H program for their Excellence Awards Program. We also participate in interactive activities at the yearly “Kids Day” celebration.
- This year we are proud to award a scholarship of $1500. Our requirements are:
- Majoring in a science/horticulture related field
- Community service volunteer hours
- Academic excellence
This year’s winner exhibited those characteristics. Katie Chapman is from Grand Marsh and a senior at Adams-Friendship High School. She will attend UW-Platteville and major in Plant Genetics.
Highlighted Project: Plants for Kids at the Adams County Fair
This year the ACMGA, along with our local Ace Hardware, provided pots, plants and soil for children to plant flowers for free at the Adams County Fair. The children picked out the plants and pots and were helped by MGVs in planting the plants. It was a huge success with more than 500 plants given out. Thanks to Ace Hardware for providing the materials and all the ACMG volunteers helping to staff the booth.