Susan DeBlieck
Extension Master Gardener Program Specialist

515-294-6764
deblieck@iastate.edu

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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced 26 recipients of its Growing Together mini-grant program. The projects will receive more than $90,000 in grant money through SNAP-Education.

Growing healthier, happier and more equitable communities is at the heart of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners spent 2017 working to reach these goals through a variety of projects.

The ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this winter, covering the topics of starting vegetable seeds and growing transplants, managing volunteers, and building food security partnerships.

Local schools interested in building a strong team to start or expand a school garden will benefit from School Garden 101, a 5-week program offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Master Gardener volunteers donated produce grown in 15 counties as well as demonstration gardens from six Iowa State research farms as part of the Growing Together initiative. The total donation came to 74,841 pounds of fruits and vegetables that went to more than 75 locations across the state.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program hosted two classes on the Iowa State campus in Ames this fall as part of its annual Master Gardener training course.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of six field days this summer at demonstration gardens across the state. The field days are free and open to the public.

The Iowa Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about urban tree selection, gardening with youth and landscaping for wildlife.

Individuals interested in becoming Master Gardeners may now register for the training session being offered this fall. Registration must be made by Sept. 1.

2017 Growing Together mini-grants have been awarded to projects in 14 counties. They will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.