Master Gardener Program in Price County

The Master Gardener Program in Price Co. started in 1999. Over 130 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 9 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW- Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture/Agriculture Educator Jodi Podmolik.

Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 295 hours
Adult Education 205 hours
Support 1173 hours
Total 1673 hours

Since 2000: 9384 hours at a value of over $184,473

* 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

  • Fred Smith House
  • Phillips Nursing home complex
  • FRCGC Greenhouse, Park Falls
  • Garden Giants Program
  • St. Anthony’s Garden of Eat-um
  • Phillips Public Library
  • Home garden tours

Building Community: Gardening Center Educates and Boosts Local Food Production

The Flambeau River Community Growing Center (FRCGC) located in Park Falls, WI teaches residents of Price County of all ages how to garden. MGVs utilized the greenhouse for hands-on experience with classes on perennials, annuals, pruning, fruits, vegetables, general gardening and landscape design. Once the greenhouse opened up for the season, MGVs planted seeds, watered and transplanted. They worked with Price County 4-H youth leaders to beautify their garden at the entrance to the Price County Fair. They learned cost savings, how to calculate planting space, and work together.

Students Learn about Vegetables

As an extension of the Garden Giants program that introduced how to grow plants in the 4th grade classroom, the Price County Horticulture Educator, along with MGVs, provided a harvest lesson to the 5th grade students. Students brought in the “giants” they grew for weighing and measuring. Produce was also brought in for tasting, and students identified the ingredients in each of the recipes. Evaluation questions were used that focused on STEM and required math and problem solving skills.

Beautification of the Phillips Public Library

When the local library needed revitalization of the grounds, MGVs removed old plant material and created a landscape design that encouraged outdoor education. The Price County Horticulture Educator taught lessons on drainage, design, flexibility of landscape uses and how to work with different partnerships. MGVs met about once a week to work on the project that took nearly a year to finish.

students posing with pumpkins