The Master Gardener Program in Sauk County started in 2003. Over 281 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 36 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Sauk County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 2522.5 hours of community service, worth a value of over $60,540.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Educate Community on Growing Tomatoes
In partnership with the Rock Springs Library, Sauk County Master Gardener Volunteers taught 26 adults and 3 children the basics of tomato gardening, specifically “Growing Non-Red Tomatoes.” Red and non-red tomato seedlings were available for purchase by the participants. A tomato test garden (20 varieties) was planted at the Rock Springs Community Garden and tended by MGVs throughout the summer. In August, 57 participants gathered at the Rock Springs Library for a tomato tasting and voted for their favorite tomato.
Teach Kids how to Garden
MGVs worked with teachers at Tower Rock Elementary School,Denzer, WI to plan raised bed gardens for each classroom. Seven gardens were built, planted, and maintained by students and teachers, with a MGV supervising the planting. The produce was harvested by the students and their families. The teachers incorporated the gardens into their classroom instruction to teach children how their food is grown. They planted, grew, harvested and ate the garden produce. The children also learned to make healthier food choices at their lunch time and at home with their families. Teachers encouraged the students to pick cukes and peppers for their lunches and families harvested and used these garden vegetables in their home meals.
Build Raised Beds for Community Gardens
In response to ongoing soil quality and flooding issues the the Reedsburg Community Gardens, MGVs, in partnership with the Technology and Engineering Education classes at the Reedsburg High School built 12 raised beds. The gardens are primarily used by apartment dwellers and senior citizens on limited or fixed incomes. Over 400 pounds of veggies were donated to the Reedsburg Food pantry. MGVs, 13 students and their teacher were involved in this project. One MGV visited the gardens on a weekly basis to answer gardening questions and troubleshoot problems with the other gardeners.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Reedsburg Historical Pioneer Log Village
- Mid-Continent Railway Museum
- Circus World Museum
- Prairie du Sac Community Garden
- Weston, Sacred Heart, Webb Schools
- Madison Area Technical College
- St Clare Senior Living Center
- Ho-Chunk House of Wellness