Master Gardener Program in Kewaunee County

The Master Gardener Program in Kewaunee Co. started in 1996. Over 90 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 12 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Educator Aerica Bjurstrom.

Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 18 hours
Adult Education 60 hours
Support 1,659 hours
Total 1,737 hours

Since 2000: 16,238 hours at a value of over $297,941

* 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

  • Kewaunee Community Garden
  • Algoma Community Garden
  • Dana Farm
  • Congregational Church
  • Immanuel Church
  • Luxemburg Community Garden
  • Annual Plant Sale
  • Bird City Celebration

Hosting Farm Technology Days 2017

Kewaunee County hosted Farm Technology Days, the Midwest’s largest agricultural show with 26,000 visitors to the three-day outdoor event. Several MGVs were members of the Greenscapers Committee, including all three tri-chairs of the Committee, which helped to beautify the Tent City grounds and entrance gates. The committee made up over 400 planters that were placed around the Tent City grounds, in front of all the food tents and pavilions. They also made up beautiful tableaus for each of the four entrance gates. Their efforts really beautified the Tent City grounds to make it more welcoming to attendees. Many of the planters around the grounds were enhanced by signage with educational information provided by the MGVs.

Kewaunee Tent City grounds

MGVs Contribute in Their Communities

MGVs maintained multiple municipal gardens throughout the county, including flower beds in the cities of Algoma and Kewaunee and at historic Dana Farm, the former home of Ransom Moore, the founder of 4-H in Wisconsin. They also volunteered at all three community gardens, helping grow produce to donate to area food pantries and providing informal gardening education to other participants at the gardens. They had a display at Agricultural Heritage Days where children could create fairy gardens to get them interested in plants.

MGVs Learn on Trip to Garden Expo

One event that was well attended was the trip to Madison in February to attend Wisconsin Public Radio’s Garden Expo. MGVs enjoyed the beautiful weather and wonderful seminars and topics covered at the show.