Master Gardener Program in Kewaunee County

The Master Gardener Program in Kewaunee Co. started in 1996. Over 90 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 17 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Educator Aerica Bjurstrom.

Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 13 hours
Adult Education 91 hours
Support 856 hours
Total 960 hours

Since 2000: 14,501 hours at a value of over $257,886

* 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.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • Kewaunee Community Garden
  • Algoma Community Garden
  • Luxemburg Community Garden
  • Dana Farm
  • Annual plant sale
  • Ag Heritage Days

Preparing for Farm Technology Days 2017

The Greenscapers Committee is a blend of MGVs and other community members formed to serve as the landscaping and horticulture education committee at Farm Technology Days, scheduled for July 2017 in Kewaunee County. The group has met to discuss the landscaping needs of Farm Technology Days, including educational needs and opportunities, quantity of flowers, ornamental grasses, vegetables, plus mulch and wood chips needed. A volunteer opportunity for Greenscapers is to help plant 200 pots as well as placing them at the event in July.

Organizing for a Barn Quilts Exhibits

Inspired by the Sac County, Iowa Barn Quilts project, the Kewaunee County Area Barn Quilt project began in January 2008. Over 125 area 4-H and FFA students worked with the community designing and painting 18 quilts for historically-significant barns. MGVs along with others are continuing the tradition by painting barn quilts for the 2017 Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days event. These barn quilts will then be sold after the show as a fund raiser for the Kewaunee County Garden Club.

Beautifying Our Communities

Kewaunee County has a wonderful recreational area at Dana Farm. This historic site is the former home of Ransom Moore, the founder of 4-H in Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Agronomy Department. MGVs and the Kewaunee County Garden Club plant and maintain flower beds at this location. MGVs also do similar projects in garden areas in the cities of Algoma and Kewaunee to make those space more enjoyable for all residents.

plant sale