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|
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.
Where 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.