The Master Gardener Program in Sawyer County started in 1999. Over 80 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 5 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Sawyer County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 421.5 hours of community service, worth a value of over $10,116.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Teach Kids to Grow Vegetables
Sawyer County Master Gardener Volunteers taught about 120 children at the Hayward Primary School how to plan, plant, and maintain vegetables. Program participants began in the spring as 2nd graders, some participated in a weeklong summer program, and finished the garden in the fall as 3rd graders. The children applied their learning to the garden and the school cooks served up veggies for lunch. The produce also went home with families or to the food shelf.
Educate the Community about Gardening
MGVs provided garden education programming at the local libraries, schools, garden clubs, senior centers, and the Spooner Research Station. Subjects this year included: herbs, pollinators, seed starting, native plants, woodland gardens, and low maintenance gardening. These programs were always well attended and allowed for sharing expertise and experiences for both the presenters and participants.
Teach Kids to Grow Vegetables at Tribal Center
MGVs cooperatively worked with UW-Extension FoodWise Nutrition Educators on teaching children in a summer Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Boys and Girls Club program on how to care for six new raised bed gardens at the LCO Ojibwe Elders Center. This project provided an educational opportunity for both the elders and the children. The food was used in meals at the Elder Center.
Share Gardening Information through Social Media
MGVs maintained a blog site and shared information via social media. They reached on average 200-400 visitors per week using Facebook to promote gardening information. The most seen post was 768 unique visitors on a blog post that announced a new summer children’s program at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Using social media has increased our outreach within Sawyer County MGV outreach to communities. It is another venue beyond the physical reach of MGVs providing timely horticultural information in a three-county area (Sawyer, Washburn, and Burnett).
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Hayward Primary School Garden
- Sawyer County Fair
- Hayward Library Natural Area
- Hayward Library Enrichment Programs
- American Birkebeiner Crossroads Sign
- Hayward Food Shelf
- Public lands of Chippewa Flowage
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College