At the end of 2019, 20 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 784 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $18,825 (Independent Sector). They also reported 1,163 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 3,484 individuals with various outreach projects.
Educating 4-H Youth
Super Saturday is a day of education for youth that are members or interested in becoming members of Shawano County 4-H. The Wolf River MG’s were invited to provide classes to youth on garden topics. Four MGV’s volunteered their time to teach for four hours on the topics of succulents, seed tapes, and grass houses (seed germination). This resulted in over 60 youth receiving education in garden topics with 90% of those that responded to an evaluation indicating they had learned something new and useful.
Educational Programs Offered to the Public
Throughout the year, MGV’s offered gardening education through partnerships with the Shawano City-County Library as well as the Shawano School District Community Education. Ten MGV’s taught a total of 12 different classes, providing 15 hours of education to over 130 participants. One class evaluation this year showed that 88% of the class increased their knowledge while the comments from the class indicated they had fun while doing it.
Sharing Knowledge at Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, from the middle of June to the middle of October, Wolf River MGV’s can be found working their booth at the Shawano Farmer’s Market. There were 11 MGV’s that volunteered a combined 114 hours answering garden related questions from attendees of the Farmer’s Market.