The Master Gardener Program in Jackson County started in 2000. Over 100 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 12 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Trisha Wagner.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||74 hours|
|Adult Education||277 hours|
Since 2000: 7560 hours at a value of over $149,335
* 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
- Spaulding Road Community Garden
- Jackson County Farmers Market
- Jackson County Fair
- Jackson County Dairy Breakfast on the Farm
- Jackson County Green Life Expo
- Jackson County Boys and Girls Club
- Black River Falls Garden Clubs
Teaching Children About Gardening
MGVs taught children in the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club in a weekly garden education program at the Spaulding Road Community Garden. An average of 10 kids in each of the 12 sessions learned about planting seeds, how plants grow, and taking care of a garden.
Growing Milkweeds for Monarch Butterflies
As participants in the US Fish & Wildlife Service Partners Program, MGVs continued to maintain a plot of milkweed in an eﬀort of providing habitat for threatened monarch butterflies. This year MGVs collected seed from six species from the plot and shared with over 20 interested community members so they can plant milkweeds to help encourage survival of the butterflies.
Enhancing Elder Care
MGVs worked with an adult day care facility that has raised bed planter boxes for residents to use. MGVs guided participants in planting and maintenance activities and provided assistance to facility staﬀ to further the program for their clientele.
Helping People Find Fresh Produce
MGVs assisted with the production of the 2016 Map of Jackson County Produce Farms. This publication provides information and a map of produce farms across the county where county residents can find fresh produce convenient to their location. A generous external sponsorship allowed the map to be published in the county-wide free newspaper that is delivered to all residents, in an eﬀort to increase access to fresh produce.