Master Gardener Program in Racine County

The Master Gardener Program in Racine County started in 1994. Over 436 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 87 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.

In 2018, Racine County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 3508.75 hours of community service, worth a value of over $84,210.

* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.


Featured Projects

Maintain Garden at Library

Racine County Master Gardener Volunteers maintained a display of indoor plants throughout the Racine Public Library.  Plants served double duty. First, signage identified each plant and offered suggestions for its care. Second, the plants served the patrons of the library by creating a peaceful settings and purifying the air.  As MGVs tended the plants, they acted as mobile resources to inquisitive library patrons and answered any questions.

Grow Vegetables for Food Pantry

MGVs grew 6,500 lbs. of produce in 2018 at the Garden of Giving for the Racine County Food Bank.  MGVs planted, maintained, and harvested vegetables in raised beds on a ½ acre garden site within an industrial park near the shores of Lake Michigan. With the help of area business volunteer groups, college students, and middle school day camp participants, nutritious food was grown under the guidance of Master Gardener volunteers.

Engage Veterans in Gardening

MGVs maintained garden areas around Fairchild Hall, a Wisconsin Veterans Home.  The residents were able to engage in their own gardening activities in raised beds, or could enjoy the plants from within courtyards or from viewing from their windows.   These gardens offered a therapeutic activity to residents. The veterans presented the Master Gardeners with a framed vintage seed puzzle in appreciation for all they do at their residence.

Teach Life-Skills to Young Adults with Cognitive Limitations

Intellectually challenged adults from local agencies traveled to a greenhouse to sow seeds, transplant seedlings, and plant container gardens under the direction of Master Gardener volunteers.  Plant-related craft activities were also provided. The program ran from March through May and allowed for sensory stimulation as well as educational experiences. Activities were matched to the abilities of the participants.  Participants eagerly anticipated their trips to the greenhouse each week!


Where you can find activities by MGVs

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  • Racine County Fair
  • The Teaching Garden
  • Racine Public Library
  • Wind Point Lighthouse Gardens Racine County Visitors Bureau
  • Gardens of DeKoven
  • Mt. Pleasant Civic Campus
  • Graham Public Library (Union Grove)

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