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.

• EFNEP Program Assistant working with diverse communities
Read more, Apply Here
• EFNEP Program Assistant, fluent in two languages.
(English and Spanish, French, Burmese, or Karen) Read more, Apply Here

• COVID 19 RESOURCE SHEET... CLICK HERE          • COVID 19 Webpage...Click HERE

Learn more about the 2021 Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair here!  

• See our scheduled Fair events!  

 • 2021 4-H & FFA Fairbook

• 2021 CHALLENGE CLASSES Open to the Public!
4-Her's and FFA Deadlines:

• 4-Her's have DEADLINES to enter projects into, read more!

apple fork spoon Free Monthly Take-Home Kit for Youth Grades 1 - 6th, April thru September at the Waterloo Public Library. Read more!

 • IDALS Pesticide Log In PortalSee Pesticide Applicator Testing Website for more info.

 Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship Helpful Info Sheet
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 You must register online, three weeks before class, PLEASE ...CLICK HERE! 


Call us toll-free Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
1-800-262-3804 (in Iowa)
1-800-854-1678 (in Minnesota)
1-800-735-2942 (Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals)
515-296-5883 (toll charges may apply)
• Food Related Covid-19 Resources

 Learn more!
Participants must be pregnant or parenting children under the age of 18.
Nutrition Education Classes taught by Susan

people in flower garden Apply Now to become a Master Gardener.  
Online Course, Deadline to apply is July 1, 2021 

 • Master Gardener Information for Black Hawk    • Master Gardeners Login for Volunteer Hours.

• Soil Testing Info
Resources for Local Foods:

 We are looking for gardeners who willing to Grow a Row of fresh produce to donate to a food bank or food pantry in the area. Please contact Steven Eilers for more info at

County News

July 19, 2021

Preserve the Taste of Summer Workshops

Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. To sign up for hands-on and online workshops see link below!

July 7, 2021

Open to the Public!  For all ages! Bring a project win a ribbon!
Read more....

July 2, 2021

Thursday, August 5th 9:00 a.m. in Waterloo at the National Cattle Congress-Pepsi Pavilion
• Updated land values & cash rental rates • Legal and Farm Bill updates
• Writing and terminating a farm lease • ISU EXTENSION web-based & other resources
• Family & Landlord-Tenant communication • Trends, outlook in farmland leasing
• Production costs lease considerations • Determining fair rents, flexible leasing
• 3-hour workshop! Comprehensive workbook provided!

Registration Fee: $20 per person if pre-registered. $25 per person at the door. Call 319-234-6811 to PRE-REGISTER!   See other county's dates:

July 1, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County offers free pressure canner lids checks Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm at 3420 University Avenue, Suite B in Waterloo.. Read More!

June 24, 2021

$10 Meal Challenge Poster!

Create a balanced, nutritious meal for family of four (4) that includes the recommended serving size of food from
each of the five good groups totaling $10 or less. See RULES


Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Growing Together Iowa

Growing Together Iowa combines extension expertise in horticulture, food safety, and nutrition education with Master Gardener volunteers to develop community donation gardens throughout the state. The goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Iowans.

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