The Master Gardener Program in Vilas County started in 2010. Over 126 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 20 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Vilas County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 989 hours of community service, worth a value of over $23,736.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Educate Public with Garden Tour
The Vilas County Master Gardener Volunteer Garden Tour consisted of a day of viewing six flower, vegetable and herb gardens that range from native plantings to several wooded and lakeside beauties. All proceeds were donated to the Farm to School Education Program at Northland Pines School District and the Olson Memorial Library Garden Project.
Teach Kids to Grow Vegetables
At the Northland Pines Community Garden, Vilas County Master Gardener Volunteers gardened with a total of 75 kids from the 3 area grade schools along with the Vilas County 4-H Food and Garden Club. Kids participated in lessons over the summer which included a making garden veggie pasta salad, weed and bug identification day, harvesting onions and potatoes, and lessons on mulching and compost. The kids are so excited to see what is new, blooming and or ripe each week in the garden. As Noah, a participant, said ” it is just like being a real, live farmer!”
Create Bee Habitat with Kids in the Community
MGVs worked in collaboration with the Eagle River Main Street Program, the Northland Pines School District technology instructors and students to design and construct two “bee carts” for use in the municipal landscaping. In partnership with the school’s science teacher, students harvested the honey and beeswax to use in products to demonstrate the importance of bees. Furthermore, “salad bars” were created by MGVs as a display of important plants bees need for pollinator habitat. Bee carts were distributed across the community in order to increase awareness on the importance of pollinators.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Northwoods Children’s Museum Garden
- Northland Pines Community Garden
- Eagle River Depot Gardens
- Walter Olson Seed Library
- Eagle River Farmers Market
- St Germain Veterans Memorial
- Farm to School Projects
- Eagle River Mainstreet planters
- MGV monthly garden presentations