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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.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

REPORT - New reps attend April WIMGA meeting

WIMGA Update Spring Face-to-Face 2018

By WIMGA Rep. Beverly Feltz

WIMGA Alternate Ruth Oren and I attended the WIMGA face-to-face meeting in Hancock on April 28th. It was very nice to meet the other local association reps.

Time was spent reviewing the new WIMGA website  They introduced the new Speaker’s Bureau page. Local associations can provide info on topics they would be willing to “take on the road” on a per demand basis. The new page lists the speakers and topics they are willing to share outside their counties and has a form the speaker/county can fill out. The administrators of the website will review the form and add them to the page.

We learned about different types of leaders and types of followers and how to interact and involve each type for better communications and more effective working relationships. We reviewed a quick slide show on what UW Extension does for Master Gardeners versus what WIMGA does for Master Gardeners, to share with our local associations. This is a way to clear up some gray areas of who does what as far a Master Gardeners are concerned.

Everyone was invited to attend Autumn at the River on September 21-22, the WIMGA conference for 2018 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We brought back brochures to share with everyone. You can find a link to the brochure on the WIMGA website. Here is the link for the conference. For complete information and to register go to:

Two keynote speakers are:

  • Mark Dwyer from Rotary Botanical Gardens and
  • Ben Futa from Allen Centennial Gardens on UW campus. 
Friday of the Conference offers three options for tours to local business around Eau Claire including a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) location, a vineyard, a fruit orchard and many other interesting places.

The next face-to-face WIMGA meeting is October 13, also in Hancock. We look forward to sharing all the information with you at an upcoming RPMGA meeting.

Bev Feltz, Representative
Ruth Oren, Alternate Rep.

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