The Master Gardener Program in Dodge County started in 2004. Over 178 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 32 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is the new Crops & Soils Area Agent Dr. Loretta Ortiz- Ribbing.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||795 hours|
|Adult Education||750 hours|
Since 2000: 22,593 hours at a value of over $455,346
* 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 Dodge Co.
- Administration Bldg Educational Garden
- Horicon Pollinator Garden
- Green Valley Enterprises Life Academy
- Annual Plant Sale
- Ask a Master Gardener Help Line
- Dodge County Fair Booth
- Beaver Dam Food Pantry Garden
- Gardening for Gold Fall Symposium
Introducing Vegetables to Students with Disabilities
MGVs partnered with Life Academy, a transition (to the working world) program for 18-21-year- old students with disabilities, helping the students plant, maintain, and harvest a plot of vegetables at the Beaver Dam Community Garden. The students shared their bounty with their families and the Food Pantry as well. Students grew a variety of vegetables and herbs, some of which were a first time eating experience for the students.
WPT Broadcasts Expand Access
Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) asked to tape our regular monthly meeting programs for the University Place program. Their Media Relations Specialist described our meeting topics as “energetic and interesting” and “fascinating to the University Place audience.” Seven of the meetings have been taped with plans for more as funds allow. In this way, our educational programs have reached a much broader audience and we have received positive feedback from around the state as they have aired.
Partnering with SPARK! to Engage Seniors
MGVs partnered with the Dementia Care of Human Services and Health Department to provide programs for their SPARK! program. SPARK! is designed to engage individuals with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care-givers. Volunteers provide hands- on programs with horticulture themes for individuals in quarterly meetings. The most popular programs were seed identification and vegetable taste testing. They also especially enjoyed a presentation on raising monarch butterflies and were enthralled with seeing the larva and eggs.