Yard & Garden/Horticulture

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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 seilers@iastate.edu

November 9, 2016

Waterloo – The Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County has hired Steven Eilers for the Urban Agriculture Specialist position.

Steven is a 1993 UNI graduate. His past work and community involvement includes work in the Human Services field, traditional and online marketing, advertising and broadcasting. Steven has been an active Master Gardener since 2008, has taken the Master Conservationist and landscaping courses. Read more....

August 7, 2016

Learn about the Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club Events, Community Projects, and Helpful Tips.
Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: bhmg@iastate.edu or call 319-234-6811

Application to Join the Master Gardener Club. 
•Master Gardener's are always looking for Educational Projects to assist with,
please fill out this form to request a project.
2016-2017 Club Calendar

June 9, 2016

Beautiful Day at a breath taking setting! The Master Gardener Orchard is a partnership with the Master Gardeners of Black Hawk County and generous grants from the Community Foundation of Norhteast Iowa, the Black Hawk Gaming Association, and Green Scene. The 1 acre orchard that will serve as an excellent demonstration of the types of fruit trees that will thrive in our climate and how best to care for them. The Orchard will soon produce over 10,000 pounds of fruit each year that will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! See more photos on FACEBOOK!


Download Master Gardener Brochure (PDF)
 or call the Black Hawk County Extension Office at 319-234-6811.

Resources

Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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