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November 2020 MG Newsletter

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:

Fall Garden Seminar

Training to Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Master Gardener Program of Marathon County has posted a new item:
2019 Level 1: Training to become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Sign up TODAY for the 2019 Level 1 Master Gardener Volunteer training in
Marathon County. This course is for anyone interested in VOLUNTEERING as a
Master Gardener. There are 12 class sessions and one additional orientation
session. The orientation session is intended to answer any questions you
have about the class and to complete required paperwork.

The course runs from March 5 – May 21, 2019, meeting every Tuesday evening
from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in room #5 at 212 River Drive in Wausau, 54403. You must
sign-up for one of two orientation sessions, February 19th or 26th. You are
allowed to miss up to 2 in-person class sessions if needed.

You can register for the class here: https://goo.gl/forms/zCePgiLeDBKfSo8A3.
The fee for this course is $100.00. The online registration deadline is
February 18, 2019. If you have any questions about signing up for this
class, please call UW-Extension at 715-261-1241.

You may view the latest post at
http://fyi.uwex.edu/marathonmg/2018/12/03/2019-level-1-training-to-become-a-master-gardener-volunteer/

Best regards,
Master Gardener Program of Marathon County
brianna.wright@ces.uwex.edu

MG July Newsletter 2018

As July, so next January according to Folklore 2018 MG July Newsletter

WCMGA Garden and Coffee Talks-Part 4

Join the Wood County Master Gardener Association for their 4th ‘Garden and Coffee Talks’ event taking place at the Pittsville Library. This discussion will focus on Insects, bugs, invasive pest, and other critters of the garden world. 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, tea, and light snacks will be provided. FREE EVENT

 

Tuesday, May 15

1:00pm – 3:00pm
5291 3rd Ave, Pittsville, WI 54466, USA

WCMGA Garden and Coffee Talks-Part 3

Join the Wood County Master Gardener Association for their 3rd ‘Garden and Coffee Talks’ event taking place at the Marshfield Library.  This discussion will focus on Community Gardens and their impacts on Community Health. Our featured speaker will be Laura Zelenak, Health Educator from Marshfield Clinic and Marshfield HealthyLifestyles.   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, tea, and light snacks will be provided.  FREE EVENT

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  

Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, 105 S Maple Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA

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.

image of children gardening

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.

Wood County Volunteer Effort

Check out the brief summary of the Wood County Master Gardeners.  This is a small sampling of what the volunteers did in 2015.  Great job!!!