Master Gardener Program in Polk County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Polk County started in 2001. Over 150 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 16 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension staff member facilitating the MG Program is Wendy Linke.

Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 45  hours
Adult Education  38 hours
Support  640 hours
Total  722 hours

Since 2001: 11,597 hours at a value of over $211,927

* 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

MGVs in Polk Co.

  • Polk County Fairgrounds
  • Luck Municipal Library
  • Quarter Moon Equine Therapy Center
  • Garfield Park
  • Amery Community Gardens
  • Luck Campground

Entrance Sign Garden Planted

Quarter Moon Acres Equine Therapy Center in rural Amery is a non profit equine therapy center operated strictly by volunteers to provide therapeutic riding for adults and children with emotional, mental or physical challenges. In June MGVs planned and planted a new perennial flower garden around the sign at the entrance, providing the plants, soil amendments, mulch and bricks for edging to make the area more inviting for visitors.

Polk quartermoon

Supplying Fresh Produce to the Local Food Pantry

This year MGVs again planted and maintained garden beds at the Amery Community Gardens in order to donate the produce. Approximately 121 pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots and green beans were produced for the Amery Food Pantry from the three beds that were rented.

Garden Signs Made

MGV Pamm Torrence worked with a local individual to create metal signs with the Master Gardener logo on it and had several made. She then donated them to the Polk County MGVs to use in all the gardens that they maintain on a regular basis.