Master Gardener Program in Sawyer County 2016

The Master Gardener Program in Sawyer County started in 1999. Over 65 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 2 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 0 hours
Adult Education 88 hours
Support 95 hours
Total 183 hours

Since 2000: 6,333 hours at a value of over $110,763

* 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

  • Hayward Public School Gardens
  • Sawyer County Fair
  • Winter Public School Garden
  • Hayward Library Natural Area
  • Hayward Library Enrichment Program
  • Sawyer County Senior Center
  • Hayward Post Office and Chamber Sign
  • Hayward Food Shelf

Garden Demonstrates Plants for the Area

MGVs contribute significantly to the Spooner Agriculture Research Station Teaching and Display Garden, helping design and maintain plantings. During the growing season the garden hosts many training events and has visitors from schools, garden clubs, and residents of the area. Featured in the garden this year was organic vegetables, All America Selections annual flowers, and a perennial display. The garden has won national awards from the All America Selections Landscape Garden Design Contest. The vegetables are donated to local food shelves and the Senior Resource Center in Hayward.

Senior Center Greenspace Expands Access

When the Senior Resource Center in Hayward created a greenspace and patio area, MGVs donated funds for raised beds, benches, and other needed improvements. The space allows visitors an opportunity to help grow vegetables that are used in meals there. MGVs also assisted in trainings at the Resource Center including Small Space Gardening and Horticulture Therapy. The space is also a quiet refuge for those who otherwise would be inside on a nice day.

Hayward Flower Displays Brighten The Community

MGVs who are also part of the Hayward Garden Club have made a difference in the community with plantings at the Post Office, at a major crossroads in the center of town, at the Hayward Library, and at the Hayward Food Shelf. Perennials were provided and used by the Hayward Garden Club at the Chamber of Commerce garden bed as well as the annual plant sale. Additionally, some plants were used at the Hayward Food Shelf sign as a stand-alone project.

women gardening

MGVs role play gardening with limited vision to improve their skills when working with patrons of the community senior center.