The Master Gardener Program in Oneida County

The Master Gardener Program in Oneida County started in 1999. Over 300 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 26 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX staff member facilitating the MG Program is Anne Williams.

Food Plants Distributed to Food Pantry Clients

MGVs grew and distributed 2000 vegetable plants to clients of the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. Plants were grown in 200 square foot greenhouse constructed in cooperation with the food pantry and the local Kiwanis Club. Plants grown were tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, and squash. MGVs provided advice to clients of the food pantry on how to care for and grow the vegetables. Our efforts helped families develop food security by growing their own food.

Community Garden Produces

The Rhinelander Area Community Garden ’s mission is to grow fresh produce for the local food pantry; to educate the community about growing food; and to promote sustainable gardening practices. This year over 3000 pounds of fresh produce grown in the garden was distributed to clients through the food pantry. MGVs and community volunteers planted and maintained the food producing plots throughout the year. MGvs also offered advice to help educate others about growing their own food.

Teaching Children about Vegetables

MGVs continue to work on a school vegetable garden with Old School Arts & Learning Care center in Rhinelander. MGVs provided seeds and vegetable plants and worked with children and teachers to plant and maintain the garden. This year included an expanded container garden. Nutrition education and taste testing is a significant component of this project — children have the opportunity to try new vegetables and learn about the importance of eating a variety of vegetables.

Volunteer Service in 2015

Youth education 66 hours
Adult education 88 hours
Support services 1569 hours
Total 1723 hours
Value* $38320

Since 2000: 40,845 hours at a value of over $730,644

* 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.

Copy of Master Gardener Symbol - Full Color

Where you can find activities by MGVs in Oneida Co.

  • Rhinelander Area Community Garden on Thayer St.
  • Old School Arts & Learning Center
  • Pelican School Vegetable Garden
  • Courthouse Garden
  • City hall Garden
  • Stevens Point Square Garden
  • Downtown Rhinelander Baskets