The Master Gardener Program in Adams County started in 1997. Over 172 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 12 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension staff member facilitating the MG Program is Lynn Dolata.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||44 hours|
|Adult Education||67 hours|
Since 2000: 19,822 hours at a value of over $354,420
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.48 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Adams Co.
- Adams-Friendship County Library
- Adams-Friendship County Fairgrounds
- Adams County Community Center
- Hazel Street Farmers Market
- AF Elementary School Garden
- Kids Day at AF Middle School
- Women’s Night Out Activity Fair
- Villa Pines Living Center
Teaching Children About Plants
Each spring the local Ace Hardware store invites children from the county to draw a picture of a flower and bring it to a workshop where they can receive and plant a free flower in a pot to take to their mother for Mother’s Day. MGVs teach the children how to plant a flower of their choosing. This year approximately 300 children took part.
Students Learn in School Garden
The Adams-Friendship Elementary School has a Student Garden where students plant and care for a variety of plants such as green beans, squash, strawberries, and many types of flowers. MGVs help guide the students in planting, mulching, weeding, and maintenance throughout the growing season, helping them learn about where their food comes from and how plants grow.
Plantings Improve Quality of Life
MGVs, in cooperation with several local groups, plant and maintain decorative flower planting throughout the Adams/Friendship community including at Moundview Memorial Hospital, Adams County Community Center, The Hazel Street Farmers Market, Villa Pines Senior Living Center, Adams County Senior Center, Adams County Library, and the Adams County Fairgrounds to make the areas more inviting and pleasant for residents.