The 2019 SCVMGA Community Grant recipients are (standing from left) Tom Jonas, Dean Grage, Peg Gagnon, Nancy Hoffman, Barb Nelson, Debby Walters, Zach Simones, and Travis Petroske. Seated from left are Pat Jonas, Becky Strand, Virginia Drath, and Sandy Madsen. Not pictured are Sharon Reyzer, Nora Ellen, Mandy Pfingsten and Jackie Daharsh. Submitted photo
The 2019 SCVMGA Community Grant recipients are (standing from left) Tom Jonas, Dean Grage, Peg Gagnon, Nancy Hoffman, Barb Nelson, Debby Walters, Zach Simones, and Travis Petroske. Seated from left are Pat Jonas, Becky Strand, Virginia Drath, and Sandy Madsen. Not pictured are Sharon Reyzer, Nora Ellen, Mandy Pfingsten and Jackie Daharsh. Submitted photo

Submitted by Debby Walters, BBBGC

BALDWIN, WI – The St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association (SCVMGA) awarded community grants totaling more than $2,800 to 14 recipients in St. Croix and Pierce counties for 2019. Grant money is used for community gardens and beautification of parks, schools, public spaces, environmental stewardships, food projects, and other educational purposes.

Projects for this year include garden plots for community food shelves, curriculum materials for students, main street beautification, gardens at area schools, flower gardens at healing centers, and a high school pollinator project. 

The Woodville-Baldwin area benefitted from this program. Becky Strand accepted a grant for Norseman Manor in Woodville to expand and improve the raised vegetable garden there.  The Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club (BBBGC) received a grant to purchase self-watering hanging baskets for Main Street in Baldwin. Debby Walters accepted it for Botany Belles and Beaus. And the Family Resource Center received funding for their “Play and Learn in the Park” series.

Other projects receiving SCVMGA grants are the Healing Garden at the St. Croix Health and Rehab Center, garden plots at the St. Croix County Public Health Center, plantings at Glenwood City Public Library and a garden class at Friday Memorial Library.

Mark your calendars, for the Master Gardeners annual plant sale at the historic Octagon House (corner of Myrtle and 3rd St.) in Hudson. It will be on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The sale features a good selection of vegetables, herbs and flowering plants with the best selection in the morning. 

All the proceeds from this annual sale support the community grant project.