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
Kate Beaton is the AmeriCorps VISTA for UW-Extension in Eau Claire County. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Environmental Science. As a student, Kate helped to start the Market Match program at the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market with a coalition of community members. Since, Kate has been brought onto the UW-Extension team to further expand the local food system by supporting farmers markets, community gardens, and other local food related projects around the city. Here’s a news link for the page too: volumeone.org/articles/2015/06/24/10041_double_your_freshness