At the end of 2019, 8 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 635 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $15,234 (Independent Sector). They also reported 182 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 2,127 individuals with various outreach projects.
Marigolds for Mother’s School Project
Langlade County Master Gardener Volunteer collaborated with the White Lake School to teach 18 elementary students how to grow marigolds. Throughout the growing season the Master Gardener Volunteer provided learning activities on proper methods to plant seeds, discussed the parts of the flower, and repotting techniques. The Master Gardener Volunteer also discussed with the students on the importance of pollinators with plants. At the end of the project the students were able to take the plants home as a gift for Mother’s Day. The remaining plants were planted at the community garden. These plants were used to teach the students how to harvest and store seeds to be used for next year’s project.
Formation of Wild Ones Chapter
Langlade County Master Gardener Volunteers assisted in forming Wild Ones Northwoods Gateway Chapter. Wild Ones is a national organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. Master Gardener Volunteers will be active in this organization as they begin plans to develop a pollinator garden to be located in Antigo. This garden will serve as a demonstration site to educate residents on the various native plants that may be used as pollinators in Northern Wisconsin.
Growing Together Langlade County
This growing season a Master Gardener Volunteer collaborated with the FoodWise program to participate in the Growing Together gardening project. Through this program four VegTrug garden beds and supplies were purchased to grow vegetables at the Antigo Food Pantry. The Master Gardener Volunteer worked with six 4-Hers to build and plant the gardens. Throughout the growing season the Master Gardener Volunteer volunteered to water and weed the gardens. A workshop on planting herbs and using herbs for was offered for the pantry shoppers. The Master Gardener Volunteer taught the nine individuals attending the workshop how to use pots to plant herb seeds and plants. Each participant was able to take home a pot containing herbs to be grown and used in their home cooking. At the end of the season the pantry reported the gardens provided about 100 pounds of produce to the pantry shoppers.