Master Gardener Program in Price County

The Master Gardener Program in Price Co. started 1999. Over 130 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 13 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture/Agriculture Educator Jodi Podmolik.

Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 111 hours
Adult Education 313 hours
Support 1,221 hours
Total 1,645 hours

Since 2000: 11,029 hours at a value of over $222,396

* 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

  • Flambeau River Comm. Growing Center
  • Ogema School
  • Nursing home complexs
  • Planting Planters in the downtowns
  • Plant exchange in the spring and fall
  • Community gardens
  • Phillips Schools
  • Friends of the garden group

Helping Students Learn about Plants and Nature

MGVs renovated the outdoor classroom at the Phillips Elementary School, a large space that has benches, plants and a lot of room to learn. MGVs also assisted in the classrooms with horticulture programs for the youth.

Community Gardens Donate Food

MGVs helped grow a variety of vegetables in several locations including Flambeau River Community Growing Center, Harmony Community Gardens, and Phillips Community Garden. This is the first year the MGVs collected and weighed fresh produce to distribute to local food pantries. The group donated over 800 pounds of produce to Lord’s Cupboard in Park Falls and St. Vincent DePaul’s food pantries in Catawba and Phillips.

Teaching Youth about Gardening

MGVs partnered with 4-H youth leaders to teach children about plants. As part of their training in the spring, MG students participated in hands-on activities including planting seeds and transplanting and learned about the greenhouse facility at Flambeau River Community Growing Center. The MGVs then joined with the youth leaders to explain what was done to make their plants grow and what they need to do to keep them looking great. They also taught about cost savings, budgeting, how to calculate planting space and more. Later in June MGVs helped the 4-H members plant plants at the fairgrounds. In addition, MGVs taught about plant identification for 4-H youth and the residents in the assisted living gardens at the Aspirus Pleasant View nursing home.

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