The Master Gardener Program in Walworth County started in 1999. Over 421 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 55 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Chrissy Wen.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||118 hours|
|Adult Education||441 hours|
Since 2000: 54,589 hours at a value of over $1,066,223
* 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
Honeybee Challenge Educates About Pollinators
Pollinator education continues to be a large component of community outreach eﬀorts across Walworth County. In a cross program eﬀort between 4-H youth development, horticulture, and the MGVs, a pollinator lesson was taught in 16 classes and educated 332 youth. The lesson included a highly interactive pollination activity and exploring how bees collect pollen and nectar.
School Garden Improves Low-income Community
Phoenix Middle School in Delevan, WI was the recipient of a Garden WIse grant that was oﬀered through the Food WIse program. MGVs Sherry Mathews and Larissa Bilous were partners in the grant and helped implement the garden plan, engaged student learners, and were major contributors to the success of the garden. Produce was used by multiple families, students, and food pantries. The project engaged 78 sixth grade students and 100 pounds of produce was donated to food pantries.
MGV Interns Make Positive Changes
In partnership with the Walworth County Lakeland Health Care Center (LHCC), the 2017 Walworth County MG Level 1 training includes an opportunity for MGV interns to develop and teach an adult lesson with the LHCC residents. The interns worked in small groups to develop, implement, and evaluate four lessons reaching 19 adult learners. Though each lesson shared a component of horticulture, interns evaluated the impacts of how the lesson impacted overall human well-being.