The mission of the Master Gardeners of Black Hawk County is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension programs & projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture.
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•Master Gardener's are always looking for Educational Projects to assist with,
please fill out this form to request a project.
Shelly Smith, Executive Director, 319-234-6811
Justin Edwards -- Master Gardener Coordinator
Urban Agriculture Specialist, 319-234-6811 or
Office Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club:
The Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club meets the third Wednesday evening of each month at George Washington Carver Academy, 1505 Logan Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa. A program begins at 6:30 p.m. with a brief business meeting following.
• April 20 - Carver
• May 18 - Banquet
• September 21- Carver
• November 16- Carver
The Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club is hosting its first 2015 Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, February 11 beginning at 6:30 pm at George Washington Carver Academy, 1505 Logan Avenue in Waterloo. Annual club membership is $10 and may be paid at the door.
Newly elected club officers for 2015 include:
Chair: Paul Kammerdiner,
Vice Chair: Melinda Young,
Secretary: Ken Yuska,
Treasurer, Lisa Conner
The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension programs and projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture. Master Gardeners extend Iowa State University Extension’s consumer horticulture education programs through volunteer activity.
During 2014, Black Hawk County Master Gardeners completed 5448 hours of service in the community. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.
Black Hawk County is RATED #3 in Volunteers Hours!
The Black Hawk County Master Gardener Orchard
This project was proposed to the Master Gardeners by Rob Pruitt; Executive Director of the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at Hawkeye Community College. Having obtained approval to move forward with the project from the Master Gardeners Steering Committee a proposal was presented at the general meeting of the Master Gardeners Club. The project was given the go ahead and the first project meeting was held in January of this year. A chairperson was chosen and the team was organized into smaller groups; each with a specific task and a team leader. The chairperson’s main initial task was to prepare a written agreement between the Arboretum and Iowa State Extension for the Orchard.
Within the master plan design for the Arboretum was a plan for a small scale orchard. Using this plan as a basis the project was off and running.
The Orchard Project team has been meeting once a month since January with the time in between meetings used for each small group to work on individual tasks. “Field trips” have been taken to near-by commercial fruit growers to learn what we could about best practices. There are 16 master gardeners involved in the project as well as the Director of the Arboretum; the local Extension office has been involved every step of the way and various groups from Hawkeye Community College have worked on specific tasks.
The joint agreement has been finalized and approved by the Arboretum and the Extension office. An excerpt from the agreement shows how the overall purpose and objective for this project lies well within the purview of these two groups.
The Orchard fulfills the mission and vision of the Arboretum to “connect people to nature through horticulture and showcase Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage.” The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to “provide current, research-based, home horticultural information and education to the citizens of Iowa through Extension programs and projects." This project fulfills the missions of both organizations.
Below is the short list of what we hope to accomplish;
Expected outcomes of the project are;
1. To demonstrate practical urban agriculture as it applies to fruit growing which will augment present and on-going efforts with community gardens.
2. To educate and involve our community’s youth in the practical application of best practices in growing fruit trees associated with Iowa heritage.
3. Provide a source of fruit to the community by a partnership with the local Food Bank
The project team has just completed a Cost Sheet for the Orchard and turned fund raising efforts over to the Arboretum with a goal of beginning work on the site during the growing season of 2015.
Needed: Emerald Ash Borer Education Team Members
We are seeking Master Gardeners interested in serving on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Education Outreach Team. Volunteers will present to service clubs, classrooms, public events, neighborhood association meetings, city councils, churches, etc., on topics such as ash tree identification, signs of EAB infestation, treatment options, tree replacement and municipal requirements. Training and materials will be provided. Our goal is to serve as an educational resource to our community. Please call Justin Edwards at 319-234-6811.
Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: email@example.com or call 319-234-6811