Master Gardener Program in Jefferson County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Jefferson County started in 1995. Over 249 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 31 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Lavern Georgson.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 804 hours
Adult Education 854 hours
Support 2,035 hours
Total 3,693 hours

Since 2000: 33,657 hours at a value of over $663,219


* 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

  • UW-Extension Plant Health Advisors
  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Rock River Community Garden
  • Fort Atkinson Police Department
  • Jefferson Rotary Park
  • Jefferson County Fair Booth
  • Local Farmer Markets
  • Jefferson County Parks Seed Collection

Plant Health Advisors Answer Questions

Twelve specially trained MGVs (Plant Health Advisors, PHAs) assist the Jefferson County UW- Extension Office with horticultural calls and clients 2 days per week from May through September. PHAs, working in pairs, answer homeowner’s questions about all aspects of gardening. This year, MGVs spent over 156 hours answering 83 questions from clients who carried in, called or emailed in their questions and/or problems about plants, insects, jumping worms and a variety of horticulture and gardening questions.

Hoard Historical Museum

Twelve MGVs are involved in all aspects of 5 beautiful gardens at the Hoard Historical Museum, a local non- profit museum in Fort Atkinson, from planning and maintenance to education. MGVs offered 5 garden educational programs to the public with consistently high attendance and coordinated with the City Council to declare Fort Atkinson the Intersectional Peony City of Wisconsin on June 3, 2017.

Rock River Community Garden/Jefferson Food Pantry Adds Compost Site

This community garden provides common ground for people with limited outdoor space to grow their own vegetables or flowers, get outdoor exercise and enhance their health, while building a strong community. All 32 plots were rented in 2017. MGVs help the gardeners learn new garden skills and build a healthier community. The Jefferson Food Pantry is the recipient of extra vegetables grown. A waste food composting site was started for the food pantry within the garden.

Jefferson County Kids