Master Gardener Program in Dodge County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Dodge County started in 2004. Over 178 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 27 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Crops & Soils Area Agent Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 851 hours
Adult Education 643 hours
Support 1,431 hours
Total 2,925 hours

Since 2004: 25,517 hours at a value of over $522,785


* 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.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • Gardening for Gold Fall Symposium
  • Ask a Master Gardener Help Line
  • Horicon Pollinator Garden
  • Annual Plant Sale
  • Administration Bldg Educational Garden
  • Facebook — Dodge Co. MG Association
  • Green Valley Enterprises Life Academy
  • Dodge County Food Pantry Garden

Dodge County Fair Booth Educates on Pollinators

MGVs educated youth and adults about the wide variety of pollinators and their benefit to the environment. During the 5 day fair, hundreds of people stepped up to spin our “Wheel of Knowledge” and answer a question to win a prize. Ample hints made sure that each person won a prize. Participants went away with a greater appreciation for pollinators and a need to provide habitat for them.

New Educational Pollinator Garden Established

MGVs established a third educational garden in the county, a pollinator garden. Located adjacent to the Bethesda Thrift Store in Horicon, the 200-square foot garden is planted with a variety of perennials that bloom all season. The Dodge-Jefferson Bee Keeper Society provided the funds to purchase stakes identifying each plant. A beautiful 18” x 24” full color sign is ready to be installed indicating the garden is designed and maintained by Dodge Co MGVs. Residents will also be able to access a website with plant descriptions and growing conditions.

Dodge last of the harvest

Presentations Teach Many

MGVs gave over 25 educational presentations in 2017 to senior citizens, school children of all ages, civic groups, women’s groups, library programs, community programs, expos, and community gardens. We taught about composting, container gardening, monarch butterflies, wildlife management, plant propagation, hummingbirds, vegetable gardening, square foot and straw bale gardening, succulents, birdhouse gourds, spring garden preparation, flower and pollinator gardening, and more.