MG February Newsletter 2018

In the dark of a February winter, comes welcome seed catalogs 2018 MG February Newsletter

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WCMGA Garden Talks Series-Part 1 @ Arpin Library- Tuesday, February 13, 1-3pm.

Join the Wood County Master Gardener Association for their first Garden Talks event taking place at the Arpin Library.  This discussion will focus on selecting seeds, seed starting, and getting the vegetable garden ready for the spring season.  This will be a casual open group discussion in a round table setting where guests can actively participate in the group and take part in the sharing of knowledge.  Coffee and Tea will be provided.

Event Location

Lester Public Library Of Arpin

8091 County Rd E, Arpin, WI 54410

Impacts of Wood County Master Gardener Volunteers

The Master Gardener Program in Wood County started in 1997. Over 443 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 60 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Jeremy Erickson.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education  285 hours
Adult Education 356 hours
Support 6,761 hours
Total 7,401 hours

Since 2000: 113,990 hours at a value of over $2,116,933


* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $23.06 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • WCMGV Monthly Educational Programs
  • Farmers Markets
  • Wood County Libraries
  • Central Wisconsin State Fair
  • Q & A at UW Extension Office
  • Community Gardens- 2 sites
  • Mead Wild Life Center
  • FaceBook/Website Online Q & A

Connecting With the Next Generation of Gardeners

MGVs offered a variety of public programs for 2,344 youth who experienced designing/planting a Youth Art Gallery Garden, created boot/shoe succulent planters, learned how to grow a sunflower at a children’s festival, how to plant/harvest produce at community gardens, the value of a monarch garden, the value of composting, names of plants, how to plant bulbs, all about pollinators, and the importance or growing their own food to eat and share with friends, family, others. They also learned leadership and speaking skills as they presented a garden tour of their school gardens to MGVs.

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Documenting Education Contacts

MGVs engage and educate the public in numerous presentations, festivals, fairs, plants sales, farmers markets, individual conversations and other events. To document these contacts we developed a Self- evaluation Form and a Year End Tally of Community Education Form which are filled out all year long and then handed in Oct. 1st along with hours form. In 2017 we made contact with 9,351 adults in a variety of settings.

Central Wisconsin State Fair Booth Informs

This year we took our Ask a Master Gardener program to the fair for 6 days. Our booth display included our 7 display tri-folds created to celebrate our 20th Anniversary plus gardening information. We offered handouts about the most popular topics, insects, diseases and other garden related materials and had a form to ask questions that would be answered later. We have a demonstration garden on the fairgrounds which drew huge crowds with numerous questions.

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