The Master Gardener Program in Douglas started in 1998. Over 286 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 14 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Jane Anklam.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||28 hours|
|Adult Education||385 hours|
Since 2000: 31,087 hours at a value of over $555,835
* 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
• Solid Rock Supplemental Food Garden
• Douglas County Historical Society
• Nebagamon Veterans Memorial
• Broadway Community Garden
• Four Corners Indigenous Food Garden
• Fairlawn Mansion Garden
• Superior HA Container Garden
• Lake Superior Rose Society
My Hips Thank You!
MGVs conducted a raised bed garden demonstration at a community garden in downtown Superior, encouraging gardening for all and to enhance access in small spaces. The style of raised bed accommodates both wheel chair and bench access for those with limited mobility or flexibility. The materials for the project were donated by local businesses. One participant explained that she was considering giving up on gardening as it was becoming a physical challenge. “I attended the demonstration to find a tangible way to keep gardening in my life for years to come.” Those who attended this demonstration were given an herb plant to take home and enjoy for their own accessible gardening experience.
We Can Feed Each Other
MGVs refreshed garden beds at the Solid Rock Supplemental Food Garden and planting a variety of vegetables, fruits, 8 apple trees and 4 cherry trees. All of the produce from the gardens is given to the Solid Rock Safe Haven soup kitchen or Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency.
Learning About a Unique Ecosystem
Pine barrens are somewhere between a forest and prairie ecosystem, with some of the most biologically diverse and unique habitats found in the state, but less than 1% of the original barrens remain in Wisconsin. MGVs gathered with Friends of the Bird Sanctuary for a presentation and a stroll through the native plant garden and along the local barrens trail with DNR Wildlife Biologist Greg Kessler and Horticultural Educator Jane Anklam to learn about this unique ecosystem so they can educate others about this ecological treasure.