At the end of 2019, 117 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 8,494 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $203,972 (Independent Sector). They also reported 2,521 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 17,437 individuals with various outreach projects.
Introducing Gardening to Kids with the Mini Succulent Gardens Program
40 kids ranging from 6th through 12th grade arrived at Little Chute Public Library for a one-day activity on how to create their own mini succulent gardens. The teens upcycled items (such as teacups) to create miniature succulent gardens. They worked hands-on with plants and learning how to care for succulents, and how to keep them healthy.
Promoting Seed Saving
The workshop started with a brief walk around the farm, a sharing circle where participants shared their experiences with saving seed. Throughout the day 20 participants discussed flower structure, pollination (including hand pollination), isolation requirements for seed production and beyond. Hands on learning of processing seed came next, participants threshed and examined beans together using a number of different techniques. Participants harvested and cleaned seeds from fruits like squash, melons, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. The day closed with a discussion on packaging and storage of seeds and time for questions.
Engaging Students at Riverview Gardens
In May, MGVs assisted a group of students from Xavier High School in a weeding project at the Riverview Garden hoop houses. Three MGVs instructed these students on weeds to pull and how to effectively do this. It was exciting to see students eagerly learn about plants and how the teachers planned to have their pupils give back to their community.
Creating a Sense of Place Town of Hortonville, Memorial Square
MGVs selected ornamental perennials and annuals, planted & maintained them for the season at the intersection of Main Street & Nash Street in Hortonville. This highly visible garden has brought joy and learning to thousands of people who drive by each day.