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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

This blog is used to distribute timely information to association members regarding volunteer opportunities, MGV highlights, and other social tid bits.

Horticulture related information is to be directed to the Horticulture Educator or the Plant Health Advisors.

This blog is not for garden related questions.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September 17 Event - A tour of Silverwood Park Farm

On Saturday, September 17, RPMGA will be visiting Silverwood Park Farm for an 11 a.m. tour of the grounds. The Park is located at 771 Silver Lane, Edgerton, WI 53534. 

South Central Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture Classroom
  Former Edgerton High School Teacher Irene Silverwood donated her nearly 300-acre farm to Dane County's Parks Division in 2001. That same year the Dane County Board passed resolution 96 which began the process of creating Silverwood Park which was destinated to become South Central Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture Classroom.

Irene Silverwood

In November of 2012 the plans for the project were released in this article in The Wisconsin State Journal.

The mission of the project is: Educate, innovate and produce!

The project goals are:
1. Connect people with the land, the natural environment, and each other.
2. Provide assistance through land access, technical education, and teachers / mentors.
3. Educate people about current and future practices for raising plants and animals.
4. Maintain a healthy, diverse, and sustainable natural resource.
5. Promote economic, environmental and social sustainability.
6. Increase the economic capacity of Dane County residents through agriculture.
7. Provide facilities which emphasize access, beauty, conservation, health and sustainability.
8. Cultivate a diverse support community for park preservation which maintains the educational intent, protects the natural resources, and incorporates the agricultural history of the farm.

Participants can either carpool or drive solo.  To carpool meet the others at 10:00 am in the parking lot of the Big Lots store on Milton Avenue.  We will depart at about 10:15 am, taking Blackbridge Road to Highway 51.  Take a right on 51 to Edgerton.  This route will take about 22 minutes.  If you are driving solo and wish to take I-90, that route will take about 19 minutes.  Our arrival time should give us a few minutes to assemble for the tour. 

Mapquest offers both routes on one map.  You just need to click on the route you wish to take to get the directions.   

This is an approved Master Gardener Volunteer continuing education program, which will earn you 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour.

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