The Grasp Gardener Program in St. Croix County began in 1997. Over 405 individuals have been skilled since that point, and there are at the moment 92 licensed Grasp Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Diana Alfuth.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Schooling||242 hours|
|Grownup Schooling||310 hours|
Since 2000: 51,125 hours at a worth of over $960,919
* utilizing the present estimated greenback worth of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $23.06 per hour, from Unbiased Sector. Cumulative worth based mostly on earlier annual estimates.
The place you’ll find actions by MGVs
- Hudson Farmers Markets
- New Richmond Group Backyard
- Houlton College Backyard
- CCH Remedy Backyard
- St. Croix County Truthful
- St. Patrick College Backyard
- Willow River Elementary College
- Hudson and New Richmond Parks
MGVs expanded their St. Croix County truthful presence this 12 months with a big academic show about rising greens in small areas. A panorama beautification mission round a fairground constructing offered the backdrop for a show displaying numerous small house gardening methods, together with containers, a pallet backyard, a straw bale backyard, a small raised mattress, a vertical planter and extra. MGVs had been readily available to debate every of those strategies with a whole lot of individuals, and to offer written directions about how to achieve success at residence.
Native farmers markets are an eﬀective location for MGVs to coach the general public. Market attendees usually search info on rising produce at residence, and still have questions on yards, landscapes and houseplants. MGVs attend the market every week and supply academic and diagnostic companies. Due to the common weekly presence, MGVs are capable of present well timed details about present points, reminiscent of Japanese beetles and late blight.
Every fall the St. Croix Valley MGA hosts a fall academic workshop for space MGVs to assist them enhance their data to be higher and extra eﬀective MGVs. This 12 months’s theme was plant propagation. Attendees discovered about fruits and grafting strategies, propagating sedum and different perennials, seed gathering and saving, and extra. This workshop, for MGVs solely, offers a possibility for MGVs to obtain a excessive degree