Multiple benefits from one vegetable garden: U of M Extension Master Gardeners in Mower County
U of M Extension Master Gardeners in Mower County planted and maintained a vegetable garden that served multiple purposes and benefited many county residents. Volunteers shared more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce harvested from this vegetable garden in 2018. They distributed the food to county residents receiving services from The Arc of Mower County, WIC Healthy Be Active, Mower County Seniors, and the Salvation Army Food Shelf.
By sharing the produce, Mower County Master Gardeners were able to make fresher and healthier food options available to many area residents. The vegetable garden, located at the county fairgrounds, served as a demonstration garden. Signage on site helped the public learn about the different types of vegetables and fruits planted in the garden.
Mower County Master Gardeners held an open house during the county fair. Kid and adult fair-goers engaged in fun interactive experiences such as “Are you smarter than a Master Gardener?” and “Good Bug, Bad Bug.” There were also hands-on activities making pressed flower cards and nutritious snacks, and they learned about identifying and helping pollinators.
This story is from the 2018 Annual Report of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Extension Master Gardeners are your neighbors who share University research-based horticulture information that promotes healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet. For more information, visit Master Gardener.