The Master Gardener Program in Adams County started in 1997. Over 172 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 9 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Adams County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 732 hours of community service, worth a value of over $17,556.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Engage Kids with Plants
Adams County Master Gardener Volunteers participated in a gardening project with elementary students at Adams-Friendship Elementary school. In 2018, MGVs provided materials and instruction to 320 students on growing sunflowers into disposable cups. The seedlings were then taken home by the students to be planted. This project introduced kids to basic gardening concepts through this hands on project.
Cleaning up Roadsides
Twice a year in the spring and fall, Adams County Master Gardener volunteers participate in the Adopt A Highway program where volunteers walk along a designated 2-mile section of Hwy 13 in Adams County to collect litter. Volunteers collected 30-35 bags of garbage. The collected debris is then placed at a chosen area to be picked-up by the Adams County Highway Department. This project helps reduce litter along the roadside, as well as give volunteers fresh air & exercise all while enhancing the environment and beautifying Wisconsin’s roadsides.
Promote Gardening to Women
MGVs hosted an informational booth for the 15th Annual Women’s Night Out community event. This event is geared towards women’s health and interests which includes exhibitors/shopping, dinner, raffles, keynote speaker, prize drawings and gift bags. The booth promoted the Master Gardener Program to the individuals in attendance of the program. There were over 500 attendees to this event.
Promote Community Beautification
MGVs planted and maintained trees and flowers which in turn can make a public space more inviting to the community. MGVs planted flowers throughout the community including 6 flower planters at Gunderson Moundview Hospital & Clinics, 29 total plants and a 6’ x 5’ planter at the Fairgrounds, 7 planters with 35 plants at the Adams County Community Center, larger planters at the Farmers Market, and 12 perennials and various annuals at the Adams County Sheriff Department Memorial.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Adams County Community Center
- AF Elementary School Garden
- Hazel Street Farmers Market
- Kids Day at Middle School
- Adams-Friendship County Library
- Adams-Friendship County Fairgrounds
- Villa Pines Living Center
- Gunderson Memorial Hospital & Clinics
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