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Young artists donate time to add some color to a community gardening project

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – Master gardeners from UW-Extension and Marathon County have teamed up with young local artists to bring some color to their community gardening project.

Throughout the month, young volunteers from the Wausau Center for Visual Arts paint pots that will go to area nursing homes and schools. This is phase two of the Pop-Up-Produce or PUP gardens focusing on the importance of growing food.

While many gardeners, nurseries and small businesses played a part in making the project happen, Madison Hager of the Center for Visual Arts said the involvement of young volunteer artists was really fun for them.

“It’s not every day that they get the opportunity to reach out to the community and make an impact. The kids really thought about who will get these jars as they paint them, so they’re thinking and planning what they might want to see on their jars,” Hager said.

In total, the PUP Garden Project will donate over 300 pots with soil and seeds to local schools and retirement homes.

When the time comes, volunteer master gardeners will visit these schools to share their talents and serve as mentors to beginning gardeners. Gardening ‘need to know’ instruction sheets and gardening helplines will be distributed to all.

Local retirement homes will be able to grow flowers in the painted pots when the weather gets warmer.

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