The Horticulture Program provides unbiased, university research based information to the general public focusing on horticultural and natural resource education about environmentally and socially responsible practices through leadership and innovate programming. It provides thousands of volunteer hours through the efforts of the Eau Claire Area Master Gardener Volunteer Program Association.
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Erin LaFaive is the Horticulture Educator for UW-Extension in Eau Claire County. Erin earned a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. She also earn a B.S. in Geography with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her coursework and studies focused on botany, ethnobotany, and citizen science.
Kerri Kiernan is serving as an Americorps VISTA for the Eau Claire County UW-Extension Horticulture Program for one year. Kerri received her B.F.A. from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She previously served as WNEP Nutrition Educator in Chippewa County where she worked to connect youth and families to food through learner-centered education and community gardens. Kerri’s role is to strengthen volunteer capacity building for the local food effort and sustainable living education in Eau Claire County.
Kerri is assisting with many goals including: Provide support to the Phoenix Park Community Garden’s volunteer management system, Create a Jeffers Road Community Garden committee composed of renters to help build a sense of community, Develop a volunteer management system for the Chippewa Valley Sustainable Future Festival, and Develop organizational infrastructure for the youth Eco-Team program by building a volunteer base and expanding the curriculum to other age groups.
Eau Claire County
227 First Street West
Altoona, WI 54720