Seed Exchange and Master Gardener 'Graduation'

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Ida County Extension and Master Gardeners hosted their 3rd Annual Seed Exhange on March 15th at the Extension Office.  Twenty-nine people with a passion for gardening and horticulture had fun sharing seeds, seedlings, stories, and experiences! 

Seven Master Gardener Interns from the Fall 2010 class have now completed their 40 hours of volunteer service and were presented with their certificates and pins: Betty Davison, Janet Shadell, Ellen Janssen, Wendy Sanders, Linda Godberson, Hope Ogren and Susan Redenius.  They volunteered in a wide array of projects from walking trails, churches, the cancer center, Relay for Life, plantings downtown and in the park in Ida Grove, and landscaping, planting and caring for the courtyard at the new addition to the Schleswig school!  Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, trees and lawns. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to learning and sharing what they learn with others.  If you are in need of gardening advice, these are your people!

Sherry Gebers gave an extremely interesting presentation about Aronia Berries, Verdean “Curly” Kruse shared his amazing knowledge about vegetables, and Laura Kuennen, Regional Food Coordinator talked about upcoming summer events with local foods.

If you are interested in more information about the Master Gardener Program or Local Regional Foods, please contact the Ida County Extension Office at 712-364-3003.  You may also check on-line at: for Master Gardener information or

for Local Regional Foods information.

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