The Master Gardener Program in Sawyer County started in 1999. Over 65 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 2 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Kevin Schoessow.
Kids Learn About Gardening
Bloom’n Kids School and Community Garden is located next to the Hayward Primary and Intermediate school grounds. The outdoor classroom focuses on hands-on horticulture instruction for K-4 grades. MGVs and other community members assist teachers with instruction and take leadership in organizing activities in the garden. Produce from the garden is served in school and donated to needy families.
Vegetable Transplants for Veterans
To help engage military veterans and their families in gardening, MGVs partnered with the Veterans Service Oﬃces in Burnett, Sawyer, Washburn, and Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwa Tribe. Donations of vegetable transplants were made to the Sawyer County Veterans and LCO College Farm so they could grow their own food. In the past few years we have received many thanks and appreciation from veterans who received these gifts and even received a few follow-up pictures and cards.
Senior Center Grows Vegetables
When the Hayward Area Senior Center created a greenspace and patio area, MGVs donated funds for raised beds and benches and other needed improvements to make the space more functional. This garden area allows visitors an opportunity to help grow vegetables that are used in meals served at the facility. It is also used for respite care for individuals who are normally housebound. MGVs also assisted with training programs at the center on topics such as “Small Space Gardening” and “Horticultural Therapy”.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||3 hours|
|Adult education||86 hours|
|Support services||87 hours|
Since 2000: 6,131 hours at a value of over $106,226
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.24 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Sawyer Co.
- Hayward Public School Gardens
- Sawyer County Fair
- Winter Public School Garden
- Hayward Library Natural Area
- Hayward Library Enrichment Program
- Senior Center-Hayward adaptive garden
- Plant distribution to Sawyer Co Veterans
and LCO Tribe