The Master Gardener Program in Manitowoc County started in 1994. Over 238 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 46 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1158.5 hours of community service, worth a value of over $27,804.00
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Grow Food for Community in Partnership with FoodWIse
Manitowoc Master Gardener Volunteers, in conjunction with UW-Extension FoodWIse, provided experiential learning at the Giving Garden, a vegetable garden for Head Start families. MGVs, along with various community partners, planned, planted, maintained, and harvested vegetables. In addition, vegetables grown in the garden were used as part of free weekly community meal serving 50-75 Head Start families.
Educate Public on Gardening
MGVs educated the public with their every-other-year garden symposium at the UW-Manitowoc Campus Theater. Topics included working with garden design and maintenance and gardening on a budget. Over 200 people participated in this day-long event.
Educate Public with Library Garden Program
MGVs participate in the Manitowoc Public Library’s Sow and Grow program to introduce vegetable gardening to the public, provide educational resources, and give free seeds to participants. MGVs answered gardening questions from the participants in the program.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Woodland Dunes
- Mariners Trail
- Community Gardens
- Plant Clinic
- Garden Walk
- Manitowoc County Fair
- Downtown Manitowoc Planters