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Fighting the Pandemic

We’re sorry to announce that ALL of our programing must be put on hold for the foreseeable future, per the Wisconsin Master Gardener program and UW Extension, while our state and country work to defeat the coronovirus pandemic. This means we must cancel all monthly general membership meetings, Coffee Talks at the Libraries, Spring Plant Sale in May, Ask a Master Gardener booths at the farmer’s market, AND work at our gardening projects around the county.

This last one is really hard for us. It means that the gardens we design and care for in Rapids, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Marshfield, Pittsville, Rome, Rudolph, Vesper may look very neglected this year, depending on how long social restrictions are required. This includes gardens at South Wood County Museum, Wildwood Zoo, Wisconsin Rapids Zoo, Pittsville Historical Society, Lester Libraries around the county, Edgewater Haven, Wakely House grounds, Marshfield Fairgrounds, Lowell Center Gardens, Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, and more.

We will be exploring ways to offer educational topics through our website and Facebook pages and to staff our Horticultural Hotline. So stay tuned!

We’ll figure out a new way to talk!

Spring Seminar Cancelled

The Spring Seminar scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at UWSP Marshfield has been cancelled due to concern about containment of coronovirus infection.

Please review information from the Wood County Health Department and other sources about how to protect yourself and your family.

Coronavirus

Posted 3/12/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

There is a novel type of coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first found in China. It has spread to over 100 countries, and the first case was confirmed in the US in Washington on January 21, 2020. There are over a hundred thousand cases worldwide and thousands of deaths. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.

Officials from the Wood County Health Department, along with local health care systems, schools, emergency medical services, and other partners, have been in contact to prepare for continued response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Schools, employers, and others should be planning for these potential interventions. Department of Health Services website offers guidance for schools & universities, employers, community events/mass gatherings, and for providers (DHS website)

Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose) ever.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms after traveling, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic.

Visit the CDC website for information about:

Coffee Talks at the Library

These events have been put on hold indefinitely, due to pandemic containment requirements. We are looking at ways to share this information electronically on this site and our Facebook page. Stay tuned and healthy!

coffee talks draft final

Spring Seminar Announced

2020 Spring Seminar

Master Gardener Class Offered

November General Meeting

The Gardens of England and Wales

Presented by MGVs Barb Herreid, Chris Griffith, and Micky Erickson for our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 19, the tour starts at 6:30pm in the Fine Arts Room at McMillan Memorial Library, 490 E Grand Ave, Wisconsin Rapids. The presentation will be followed by a short business meeting. The public is always invited to our monthly meetings. Hope to see you there!

Fall Garden Seminar

Garden Walk 2019

Our Garden Walk provides the major funding for the work that we do…education about horticulture for adults and children and beautification of many public properties around Wood County.  Come and enjoy a beautiful day!

Tickets are available from any WCMG volunteer or at the vendors listed on the poster.  They will also be available at each featured garden the day of the walk.  Locations will be published later.

 

Master Gardener Garden Walk Poster 2019

Lester Library of Rome Evening Garden Seminars

Wood County Master Gardener Volunteers are partnering with the Lester Library in the town of Rome to present gardening seminars on a variety of topics every 3rd Tuesday of the month through October 2019.  Presentations start at 6 and go until 7:30. The library is located at 1157 Rome Center Dr,  Nekoosa, Wi 54467

ROM Garden Seminars

Spring 2019 Seminar

We’ve Started Something New!

We are now partnering with Mid-State Technical College to present our biannual seminar.  The college will be handling the registration and payment, while WCMGV handle the education and the yummy treats for refreshments!

Our Spring Seminar is announced for Saturday, April 6 in Wisconsin Rapids.  Hope to see you there.

Mid-State Master Gardeners Flyer.indd