The Master Gardener Program in Price Co. started in 1999. Over 125 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 10 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Jodi Podmolik.
Garden Giants Program
Price County UWEX Horticulture and Youth Development Educators, along with MGVs, provide a lesson in 4th grade classrooms on the importance of plants and plant growth. After the lesson, each student receives plants and seeds for planting and caring for during the summer. UWEX staﬀ and MGVs return to the school in the fall for a harvest lesson. Students are able to bring in their “giants” for weighing and measuring! The program is also oﬀered to all 4-H members, not just 4th graders. In 2015, over 60 youth participated in the Garden Giants Program.
St. Anthony’s Garden “Eat-Um”
With the gardens at the St. Anthony’s church in Park Falls, many family members, along with the school lunch program, have been able to taste the labor of their hard work. The garden impacts the teachers, students and community members. Classes are set up at the garden and harvesting is done for the school. Endless opportunities of educational value and volunteerism is flourishing from the gardens.
A Positive Greenhouse Eﬀect
Flambeau River Community Growing Center in Park Falls is a greenhouse put up through the collaboration of Flambeau River Papers, UW-Madison, a Baldwin Grant, and UWEX. In the last two years, it has served as an education center with MGVs and UW-Extension Staﬀ teaching 5-9 educational classes throughout the spring summer and fall. The MGVs are in charge of educational programming, building hoop houses, and garden layouts. In the future, they would like to also work with the food pantry and gather lots of vegetables to provide to Price County.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||167 hours|
|Adult education||133 hours|
|Support services||960 hours|
Since 2000: 7,711 hours at a value of over $146,853
* 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 Price Co.
- Fred Smith House
- Fair time activities
- Phillips Nursing home complex
- Park Falls Greenhouse
- St. Anthony’s Garden of Eat-um
- Ogema Library
- Phillips Library
- Garden Giants