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.
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 earned 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.
Her work as horticulture educator focuses on: Community gardens, assisting the public with horticulture questions, training individuals for the Master Gardener Volunteer program, and providing horticulture information through news, print, TV, and radio
Hanna Terwilliger is a 2013 graduate of St. Olaf College with a degree in Political Science. She will be serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the UW-Extension working to expand programs that will increase access to local food in Eau Claire. Additionally, she will continue to work with the Youth Eco Teams program, which fosters environmental stewardship in K-12 students across the area.
A native of Eau Claire, Hanna is excited to return to Wisconsin after 5 years in Minnesota and strengthen the community she grew up in. A veteran of the Eau Claire farmer’s market from the pre-Phoenix Park years, she is thankful to have the opportunity to expand access to local food and foster environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.
Eau Claire County
227 First Street West
Altoona, WI 54720