The Master Gardener Program in Calumet County started in 1991. Over 96 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 23 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. There is currently no UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||119 hours|
|Adult Education||239 hours|
Since 2000: 43,057 hours at a value of over $762,623
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $23.06 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Chilton Riverwalk
- Chilton Public Library
- Courthouse Memory Garden
- Calumet Hospital Community Garden
- Chilton Welcome City Bed
- Calumet County Fairgrounds
- Calumet County Courthouse
Enhancing the Hospital Community Garden
MGVs partnered with the Chilton High School Horticulture Class to update the paths to improve access and add new growing space at the Community Garden at Calumet Hospital in Chilton in the spring. MGVs instructed a group of 14 students in spreading bark mulch between the raised beds and in the installation of twelve additional raised beds that were then filled with soil. In the fall, students from the Construction Class at Chilton High School constructed a new 8’ X 12’ storage shed at the Garden. Students worked each day during their class period, completing the project in about 1 month. The shed will be used to store gardening equipment and two rain barrels were added behind the shed for gardeners to use. Plans for spring are to have the art class from Chilton High School to paint a mural on the side of the shed and to have the landscape class do landscaping around the shed.
Memorial Planting Honors Local Woman
A new raised bed was constructed at the Fairgrounds in Chilton in front of the Youth Building to replace the deteriorating and overgrown bed that MGVs had built there over 20 years ago. This new bed was planted in memory of a local lady who passed away from cancer. A total of 16 new donated shrubs were planted and maintained in the bed by MGVs.
Teaching Others to Grow Food
In conjunction with the Community Garden, MGVs taught monthly classes on raising vegetables in raised beds, working and maintaining your gardens and preserving produce properly at the end of the growing season to help others become more successful gardeners.