The Master Gardener Program in Burnett County started in 1999. Over 47 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 7 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Kevin Schoessow.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||74 hours|
|Adult Education||4 hours|
Since 2000: 8,380 hours at a value of over $147,375
* 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 Ashland Co.
- Forts Folle Avione Historic Park
- Grantsburg Library
- Webster Elementary School Garden
- Webster Library
- Lake Lutheran Church
- Burnett County Farmers Market
- Olsen Drive Project
- Ruby’s Food Shelf
Fort Folle Avoine Historic Park Gardens
MGVs maintain various raised gardens at Fort Folle Avoine Historic Park near Webster that feature native plants, heirloom vegetables, herbs, perennials, and cut flowers. These gardens and other perennial landscape plantings around the historic buildings are an important educational part of this County-owned facility. This year native plants were featured at the annual plant sale, and along with plantings at the park, provided opportunities to provide information to visitors on their value.
Burnett County Farmer’s Market
A community organization of local farmers that provides access to fresh, locally grown produce, Burnett County Farmers’ Markets (BCFM) began at Siren in 2007. Since that time we’ve been invited to serve 4 additional market locations. BCFM is a licensed WIC organization and authorized vendors accept WIC vouchers. Samples are provided at the Siren market to pique customer interest and to provide new ideas for seasonal foods. For the last five years, an MGV has been the manager, and can answer questions about growing vegetables.
Little Sprouts Mini Gardening Class
Ruby’s Food Shelf, Siren hosted a “Little Sprouts” Mini Gardening Class for children ages 5-10 with the assistance of MGVs. Thirty “Little Sprouts”, along with their parents, visited five classroom stations to learn about gardening. The “Little Sprouts” used their detective skills to solve various mysteries by examining seeds and leaves in fruits and vegetables. It was a rewarding experience and great opportunity to work with children to spark an interest in gardening.