Black Hawk County

Learn it. Grow it. Teach it. Become a Master Gardener.


We are committed to provide our citizens with "Information for Everyday Living." Iowa State University Extension offers education and information to the citizens of Iowa through the following areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Industry, Community and Economic Development, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.

We're focused on feeding people, keeping them healthy, helping their communities prosper and thrive, and turning the world over to the next generation better than we found it!

We are . . .

           •  A community based agency working to bring research based programs and services to you! 
           •  Working to help people live better through life-changing programs and life-enhancing volunteerism!
           •  An answer line for alll questions related to family, food, nutriition, insects, plants, finances and farming!
           •  Focused on prepapring youth to be leaders and learners

!• Jan. 19 ALL DAY CROP ADVANTAGE at Tama Hall, Hawkeye College Register Here

• Jan. 25 - Noon - 2:00pm Master Gardeners Webinar: Donation & Small-Space Gardens Public Welcome Read More

• Jan. 26 - 6:00-8:00pm Master Gardeners Webinar: Donation & Small-Space Gardens Public Welcome Read More

• Feb. 6 -  Strenthening Families Recertification Training Read more... Register here

• Feb. 7,8, 9 - Strenthening Families New Facilicator Training Read more...  Register here

• Feb. 8 - Noon - 2:00pm Master Gardeners Webinar: Impact Matters, Public Welcome Read More

• Feb. 9 - 6:00-8:00pm Master Gardeners Webinar: Impact Matters, Public Welcome Read More

• Feb. 7-22 - DRY Manure Applicator Certification in other counties. Read more...  See locations 

• Feb. 14 - Private Pesticide Continuing Ed Course at Hawkeye College 9:30am See other locations • See Brochure

• Feb. 14 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Ext., Commerical Ag1A, 1B, 1C &10 Read more

• Feb. 22 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Extension, Seed Treatment, 4 & 10.  Read more

• Mar. 1 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Ext., Ornamental & Turfgrass App. 3O, 3T, 3OT & 10.  Read more

• Mar. 8 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Extension, Certified Handlers.  Read more

• Mar. 8 - Noon-2:00pm Master Gardeners Webinar: Growing & Harvesting Vegetables, Public Welcome Read More

• Mar. 9 - 6:00-8:00pm Master Gardeners Webinar: Growing & Harvesting Vegetables, Public Welcome Read More

• Mar. 9 - Private Pesticide Continuing Ed Course at Hawkeye College 7:30pm See other locations • See Brochure

• April 14  IDALS PESTICIDE TESTING Second Friday of the Month at Extension, 10:00-2:00pm • See Brochure

JOIN 4-H!    What Does Black Hawk County 4-H do? View our 2017 4-H Program Book!

Tell me more about 4-H!

 Time for 4-H Families to Re-enroll, Click here for 4-H Online! (Help sheet for 4-H Online)

• Jan. 14th - 9:00-11:30am 6th - 10th Grade Babysitting Workshop at Extension Read more...

• Feb. 28th Legislative Trip for 6th, 7th & 8th Graders, Read  more...


2016-2017 4-H Calendar


   SERVSAFE - Jan. 23, 2017 at Black Hawk Extension  2017 BROCHURE


 Cedar Valley Grows info         Download 2016 Local Food Guide

 Emerald Ash Borer Information 

 Master Gardener Club Information  and 2016-2017 Club Calendar

County News

January 9, 2017

Growing Together 2017 Webcasts

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series. The 2017 series will offer Master Gardeners six educational hours while taking a look at ways to measure volunteer efforts, how to utilize small garden spaces, learn about food safety in the garden and more.

In 2016, Iowa Master Gardeners donated more than 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks. In 2017, Master Gardener volunteers will continue to build on these successes. The Master Gardener 2017 Winter Webcasts, called Growing Together. Open to the public, bring a friend! Held at the Black Hawk County Extension Office. Three webcasts will be offered (total of 6 continuing education hours):

• Donation & Small-Space Gardens: Learn about results from ISU Research Farm Demonstration Gardens where Master Gardeners grew produce for donation in 2016 from Dr. Cindy Haynes. You'll also learn how to create an efficient small-space garden from Dr. Denny Schrock.

• Impact Matters: Explore how to measure volunteer project impacts with Christine Hradek. Also, learn how to build strong partnerships for effective community programs.

• Growing & Harvesting Vegetables: Learn about growing and harvesting asparagus from Dr. Ajay Nair. You will also build on food safety best practices for the garden with Dr. Shannon Coleman. See times and Dates Here.

Questions call Steven Eilers at 319-234-6811 or email at

January 6, 2017
Now on display at the Cedar Falls Public Library!
Our 4-H Grant Wood replica from the Black Hawk County Fair last July. Fair goers participated in a group project of
re-creating Grant Wood’s Young Corn painting. The orginial painting was divided into 80 pieces using a grid pattern, read more...


December 28, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers the Crop Advantage Series at 14 locations across Iowa during January 2017. Each year the Crop Advantage Series provides the latest research information on crop production. Last year nearly 2,000 people attended a Crop Advantage meeting. Register here. $50 – early registration $60 – after midnight, January 12 or at the door. No phone registrations please register online. 8:15a.m. - Registration opens

December 22, 2016

Come join us as we travel by van with other 4-Hers to Des Moines, tour the State Capitol complex, visit with elected officials, gain a greater understanding of our Iowa State Government and learn about our great schools and people. On Tuesday, February 28th, 6th - 9th grade 4-H members & friends are planning to visit the Judicial Center, Iowa Legislature and Capitol in Des Moines, have lunch with legislators and explore the Science Center of Iowa. And this year's cost is down to only $30! Download application here! Read More...

December 2, 2016

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, the state 4-H Program Leader presents the Meritorious Service Award to Diane Wolfe, Black Hawk County Youth Coordinator, Nov. 15th at Iowa State University!
Congratulations Diane on this recognition for your 13 years of dedicated youth development programming. Diane's achievements include membership growth, coordinating events and programs for the region, assisting with livestock weigh in's at the state fair, mentoring new peers and problem solving with creativity!

Mackenzie and Joel DeJong, and Joel's grandchildren

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Extension Is Family for DeJongs

Mackenzie DeJong followed her father, Joel, into the "family business" -- ISU Extension and Outreach. She's a human sciences program coordinator based in O’Brien County. They reflect on how extension work became part of their life.  

Read More

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

January 17, 2017 02:25 PM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host its third annual Miscanthus Grower meeting on Jan. 26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The...

Share |