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Meet a Master Gardener:

My name is Andy Heren. You may have heard my name. Or you may have gotten what seems like endless emails from me at my work email. Someone said I am an anomaly in our group, and I think she was right. I became a MGV in 2010. Since then my areas of volunteering have been serving on the board, heading up the “Ask a MG” table at the Farmers Market, and last summer I took over command of the Teaching Gardens around the Extension office. In 2012 Erin LaFaive told me the Extension office was hiring a temporary Office Associate (Eau Claire Lutheran School, where I had taught for 15 years, closed in 2011, and she knew I was looking for something different). I decided to try it and discovered I loved the job. I did this for 3 months. Then in 2014 the position opened up again, I filled in, and got it permanently. It can be confusing what I do for the MGs. I try to keep my professional position and volunteer position separate, but sometimes they cross each other. My job title is now Administrative Specialist. I assist all the educators in our office. It is mainly 4-H, but also Ag, Horticulture, FOODWIse, Human Relationships, and the Community Educator.

 

I think where my positions get muddied is when Erin Left and there was no one in the office who knew much about the Master Gardeners. Except me. So I did things to help keep us running until Margaret arrived. So, I am a county employee who just happens to be  Master Gardener.

 

Eau Claire Master Gardener Volunteer Activities

This year with Covid 19 virus concerns we will let you know when volunteer activities arise.

  • Answer horticulture questions at the UW-Extension office 

    • Take calls from area residents with horticulture related questions

    • Research for calls for the Horticulture Outreach Specialist

  • Youth Gardens at North River Front

    • Click on link for complete description of youth garden project.

  •  Ask-A-Master –Gardener-Booth at the Farmers Market in Eau Claire

    • Answer horticultural questions with a team of MGVs at the Saturday Farmers Market from June to September

  • Extension Teaching Garden in Altoona

    • Help with planning, planting, watering of the demonstration & teaching gardens

  • Writing articles for the Eau Claire Area Master Gardener Association newsletter

    • Work with newsletter editor to write stories about horticulture and MGV related stories that are happening in Eau Claire area.

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale  

    • Work at planning, setting up, or working the plant sale in June  

    • All MGVs are asked to donate plants

    • Our major fund raiser for the year

  • Eau Claire Area  Master Gardener Association Board

    • Attend or serve as an officer for monthly meetings to help plan and run our county association. Two year term, four year term limits

  • Winter Garden Seminar

    • Plan and put on annual Eau Claire County garden conference for MGVs and the public. Planning starts in the fall for February conference

  •  Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA) Board member or Local Representative

  • Schlegelmilch Garden

    • MGVs maintain this historic garden in downtown Eau Claire, identify plants, conduct tours and provide education

  • Beaver Creek Reserve -  A Wisconsin Nature Reserve

    • MGVs help with the native plant sale in May

    • MGVs help maintain pollinator gardens

  • Giving  horticultural presentations

    • If you enjoy sharing information there are many opportunities to speak to garden clubs, fellow MGVs, schools, and the community. Share your availability on the WIMGA speaker's bureau and with our own MGV group. https://www.wimga.org/speakers-bureau-sign-up

  • Working with school gardens or other environmental education programs

    • Lakeshore School Garden

    • A small group of MGVs works with students and families to plant seeds indoors and then plant a small vegetable garden.

    • MGVs work with families maintaining the perennial and vegetable gardens

  • Giving garden tours that have an educational component

    • Share your own garden or help out with tours at other gardens

Eau Claire Master Gardener Volunteer Activities

This year with Covid 19 virus concerns we will let you know when volunteer activities arise.

  • Answer horticulture questions at the UW-Extension office 

    • Take calls from area residents with horticulture related questions

    • Research for calls for the Horticulture Outreach Specialist

  • Youth Gardens at North River Front

    • Click on link for complete description of youth garden project.

  •  Ask-A-Master –Gardener-Booth at the Farmers Market in Eau Claire

    • Answer horticultural questions with a team of MGVs at the Saturday Farmers Market from June to September

  • Extension Teaching Garden in Altoona

    • Help with planning, planting, watering of the demonstration & teaching gardens

  • Writing articles for the Eau Claire Area Master Gardener Association newsletter

    • Work with newsletter editor to write stories about horticulture and MGV related stories that are happening in Eau Claire area.

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale  

    • Work at planning, setting up, or working the plant sale in June  

    • All MGVs are asked to donate plants

    • Our major fund raiser for the year

  • Eau Claire Area  Master Gardener Association Board

    • Attend or serve as an officer for monthly meetings to help plan and run our county association. Two year term, four year term limits

  • Winter Garden Seminar

    • Plan and put on annual Eau Claire County garden conference for MGVs and the public. Planning starts in the fall for February conference

  •  Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA) Board member or Local Representative

  • Schlegelmilch Garden

    • MGVs maintain this historic garden in downtown Eau Claire, identify plants, conduct tours and provide education

  • Beaver Creek Reserve -  A Wisconsin Nature Reserve

    • MGVs help with the native plant sale in May

    • MGVs help maintain pollinator gardens

  • Giving  horticultural presentations

    • If you enjoy sharing information there are many opportunities to speak to garden clubs, fellow MGVs, schools, and the community. Share your availability on the WIMGA speaker's bureau and with our own MGV group. https://www.wimga.org/speakers-bureau-sign-up

  • Working with school gardens or other environmental education programs

    • Lakeshore School Garden

    • A small group of MGVs works with students and families to plant seeds indoors and then plant a small vegetable garden.

    • MGVs work with families maintaining the perennial and vegetable gardens

  • Giving garden tours that have an educational component

    • Share your own garden or help out with tours at other gardens

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Reporting your Education & Volunteer Hours.

The below link is where you can report your minimum of 24 volunteer and 10 education hours.

https://wimastergardener.org/report-your-hours/