The Master Gardener Program in Chippewa County started in 1999. Over 210 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 26 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Jerry Clark.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||97 hours|
|Adult Education||2065 hours|
Since 2000: 26,736 hours at a value of over $492,309
* 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 Chippewa Co.
- Annual Think Spring garden seminar
- Cornell Outdoor Edventure Activity
- Bluebird Monitoring on 2 trails
- Northern WI State Fair Pollinator garden
- Library Summer Reading Program
- Community Gardens
- Chippewa Herald Green Space articles
- Wellness Committee planting workshop
Educating the Public About Pollinators
MGVs added 150 plants to the native plant demonstration pollinator garden at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds this year and donated a sign identifying the planting as a pollinator garden. MGVs collaborated with the Bloomer Middle School Art Club to paint bees and butterflies on the newly painted building behind the garden. Weekly events at the fairgrounds attract over 250,000 people throughout the year and many enjoy the garden. MGVs also had an educational booth at the Fair about pollinator gardens, monarchs, caterpillars and kids that was visited by hundreds of people. MGVs answered questions, made presentations, and guided children in making butterfly craft projects. 330 pollinator visors were made and whole families listened to the story of monarchs.
Community Garden Oﬀers Space to Grow Food
A $6,500 grant from the Edwin and Evelyn Nyhus Centennial Fund through the Community Foundation of Chippewa County allowed MGVs to construct a perimeter wildlife fence to keep primarily deer and rabbits out of the Chippewa Falls Community Garden at Marshall Park. All forty-five garden plots were rented in 2016, and more vegetables were produced with the new fence in place.
MGVs Aid Bluebird Restoration
MGVs spent another season monitoring nest boxes on Old Abe and Riverview trails and helped add 52 bluebirds to Chippewa County’s population (data tabulated by the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin). MGVs also answered questions from people along the trails who stopped to learn how the birds were doing.