At the end of 2019, 7 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 635 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $15,240 (Independent Sector). They also reported 175 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 872 individuals with various outreach projects.
Educating Youth About Gardening
A Master Gardener Volunteer partnered with the local Boys and Girls Club to educate 9 youth on sustainable gardening practices. This 14 week program lasted through the growing season and covered topics such as soils, weed identification, and composting. Various hands-on activities were included to better connect participants to the subject matter. Youth also enjoyed harvesting and tasting their crops throughout the summer.
Restoring Pollinator Habitat
MGV’s continue to educate the public on pollinator’s through hands on monarch rearing and prairie restoration. A volunteer attended the local bi-weekly farmers market, county fair, and dairy breakfast to discuss the importance of pollinators to our environment and the threats to their survival. Caterpillars and chrysalises were distributed to individuals as a way to garner further interest in the topic.
Helping Source Fresh Produce
MGV’s were again instrumental in the production of the Jackson County Produce Map. The produce map connects local residents with fresh food sources throughout the county and is distributed to 8,000 individuals annually. Local produce farms allow the community to connect with agriculture and learn more about where their food comes from and how it is grown.