Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County started in 1988. Over 397 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 60 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Mike Ballweg.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 188 hours
Adult Education 158 hours
Support 4,076 hours
Total 4,421 hours

Since 2000: 68,672 hours at a value of over $1,306,520


* 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

  • Bookworm Gardens, UW-Sheboygan
  • Generations, Plymouth
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center
  • Kohler Andre State Park, Town of Wilson
  • Marsh Park Tower, Elkhart Lake
  • Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth
  • Sheboygan Co. MG Facebook page
  • UW Sheboygan Campus, Sheboygan

Children Learn to Grow and Eat Vegetables

MGVs partnered with our local children’s museum Eat, Play and Grow weekly sessions to give children and adults the chance to experience what gardening has to offer. MGVs were responsible for planting and maintaining four raised beds and one garden plot, and worked directly with children of all ages to prepare, plant, weed, water, observe and harvest the vegetables and fruits. The museum staff used the produce harvested to provide a healthy snack.

Sensory Plants Added to Yankee Garden

Yankee Garden in the heart of Sheboygan Falls includes perennials, native grasses, a stepping stone path, a Little Free Library and an education changeable sign post. This year the featured education is a sensory plant selection. Each touch, smell, and taste plant is pictured on the sign, and labeled in place. MGVs partner with Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street to maintain the area. The gardens receive compliments from locals and tourists alike.

Fostering Composting at UW-Sheboygan

After taking the Level II Training Compost Class in March, 12 MGVs partnered with the UW-Sheboygan Cafeteria to start a composting program, saving the kitchen scraps for a campus compost pile. To encourage student participation, MGVs prepared a compost information poster that was placed in the cafeteria and offered other incentives to students. MGVs also advised and supervised a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout Badge project building a 3-bin cement block compost bin on the campus. An outdoor sign will be placed by the compost bin to explain the importance of composting.

image of building a compost pile