The Master Gardener Program in Jefferson County started in 1995. Over 226 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 34 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 2625.5 hours of community service, worth a value of over $63,012.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Answering Garden Questions
Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteers answered 54 garden related inquiries this year via their helpline. Clients could meet face to face with a MGV to help with any gardening dilemma. Or, questions could be sent by email or phone. There were 11 MGVs working over 146 hours on this project.
Educate Community with Garden at Historical Museum
MGVs plan and maintain gardens of the Hoard Historical Museum, a local non-profit museum in Fort Atkinson, WI. TripAdvisor ranks the museum as #2 of things to do in Fort Atkinson. In addition, MGVs provide 4 educational programs averaging 25 participants at each session.
Teach Kids how to Garden
Since 2011, MGV’s have engaged students at Jefferson West Elementary School in garden programming aimed at improving food literacy. In the 2017-18 school year, MGVs taught approximately 22 students in each of the 14 sessions to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables from the garden. MGVs participate in the school family nights to share garden produce and recipes with families attending the event. In the spring of 2018, MGVs had over 250 students come to the garden and taught them how to plant seeds and seedlings all within a two day timespan. This year via a grant, the garden obtained a new shed for the storage of tools and materials.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- UW-Extension Plant Health Advisors
- Hoard Historical Museum
- Rock River Community Garden
- Fort Atkinson Police Department
- Jeﬀerson Rotary Park
- Jeﬀerson County Fair Booth
- Local Farmer Markets
- Jeﬀerson County Parks Seed Collection