Thank you to the volunteer Master Gardeners that keep the Bowers Farm landscaping beds looking beautiful! The Oakland County Master Gardener Society, Inc. is the largest Master Gardener Society in the State of Michigan and their volunteer work for Bowers School Farm is their largest project.
A team of approximately 60 Master Gardeners of this organization, which is affiliated with Michigan State University Extension, maintain approximately 28 gardens at the Bowers School Farm. The group loves to work at the farm! Often, when they are working there, classes of students as well as adults come through. The Master Gardeners pride themselves on being able to answer their questions and pique their curiosity. They have worked to enhance the raised Sensory Garden and will add more plants to that this year. They will be adding a farm-themed Fairy garden and have been preparing that special spot near the gazebo for the past year. A Hummingbird/Butterfly garden is also in the works!
Michigan State University assigns an hourly rate to Master Gardeners of $22.96 per hour. The Master Gardener volunteers work a total of about 1,466.50 hours in one year for a total donated value of approximately $33,670.84 to Bowers Farm! In addition, over 300 pounds is produced and donated to the Open Door Pantry in White Lake from the farm's Plant A Row gardens.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing farm school – it's a win-win in our estimation – and hope to continue this rewarding relationship in the future. Our volunteers are required to perform a certain number of hours each year to maintain their certification. Our Bowers Master Gardener volunteers work many, many more hours than required because of their love for the farm. We hope you'll visit the gardens this year, it changes throughout the season. There is always something beautiful to behold," expressed Sally Bolle, Vice President of the Master Gardner Society of Oakland County.