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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.

Plant Clinic Hours

To talk in person with your county UW-Extension Horticulture Educator or Master Gardener Volunteer, please visit the Eau Claire County UW-Extension office during office hours:  Mondays 9:30am-1:30pm, Thursdays 9:30am-2:30pm, and by appointment.


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.

Phone: 715.839.4712


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Laurelyn Sandkamp
recently earned her degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As an AmeriCorps*VISTA with UW-Extension, Laurelyn is working to launch initiatives aimed at expanding access to local food in Eau Claire, including a community greenhouse and commercial incubator kitchen. She is also expanding the Youth EcoTeams program, which empowers students to consider and reduce their impact on the environment through hands-on activities and discussion.  

In her free time, Laurelyn can be found tending her plots at the brand-new Lakeshore Community Garden, where she and her friends experiment with growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Laurelyn is excited to have the opportunity to work full-time on community projects that will strengthen our local food economy, increase ecological consciousness, and inspire sustainable living.

Phone: 715.839.4712


Eau Claire County
227 First Street West
Altoona, WI 54720