The Master Gardener Program in Washburn County started in 1999. Over 154 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 15 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||57 hours|
|Adult Education||197 hours|
Since 2000: 18,395 hours at a value of over $336,541
* 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
- Spooner Agriculture Research Station Teaching and Display Garden
- School Gardens in Spooner, Shell Lake
- New Ventures Garden Seminar, Minong
- Stone Lake Lions Park
- Washburn County Family Fest
- Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
- Washburn County Fair
We hosted a Mini Master Gardener Short Course for youth and their families. Twenty-four youths and 16 adults participated in two sessions held at a local greenhouse and the Spooner Agriculture Research Station. Participants explored the secrets of soil, incredible edibles, seeds, sprouts and shoots, composting, weeds, waste free watering, vertical gardening, and small space gardens.
Award Winning Teaching & Display Garden
The Spooner Agriculture Research Station Teaching and Display Garden is designed and maintained with the help of volunteers. 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 a revamp of the perennial display garden into a certified Monarch Way Station with native plantings. The garden has won national awards for the past four years from the All American Selections Landscape Garden Design Contest, this year winning second place with the theme of Pollinator Education.
Third Graders Learn In School Gardens
The Spooner Elementary School Helping Hands Garden is maintained by third-grade students under the guidance of MGVs and other adults. The classes started peppers, tomatoes, and squash from seed beginning in April and planted the garden last week of May/first week of June. In addition to nutritious food crops harvested from the gardens, flowers filled beds designed by the third-graders and an abundance of tasty herbs were enjoyed. This garden as well as the Experiences Garden in the Middle School are open to the community.