Registration Open for Fall Master Gardener Training

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Celebrating its 40th year in Iowa, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers.
 
The Master Gardener program in Crawford County is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No previous garden knowledge is required. The program equips participants to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices. After the training, Master Gardeners volunteer in their community, making significant contributions such as giving vegetables to food pantries and maintaining demonstration gardens at Iowa’s county fairgrounds.

“Master Gardeners provide volunteer service across Iowa,” said Susan DeBlieck, ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener coordinator. “They are excellent community resources who create partnerships in their community to enhance school gardens, provide educational opportunities, and host plant sales.”
 
The ISU Extension and Outreach Crawford County office will hold training sessions starting on August 27th from 5:30pm -7:30 pm at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office in Denison. The Class on Campus training session will be held in Ames on October 19, bringing all Master Gardener trainees together for hands-on workshops with ISU Extension and Outreach instructors.
 
The expanded flipped classroom model that was implemented in 2018 will continue this year. Lectures that were previously given during classroom sessions are now available to be watched at home, freeing up class time for hands-on activities and tours of local gardens.

Those interested in the course can apply at https://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/application-form.php. Training fees of $195 are due in the fall.    The Crawford County Extension will cover ½ of the fee when the course is completed.

After completing the course, Master Gardener trainees volunteer within the community, volunteering 40 hours. To maintain Master Gardener volunteer status, they volunteer 20 hours per year and build their gardening know-how by participating in ten hours of continuing education.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Tina Gress, Program Coordinator, tgress@iastate.edu or call 712-263-4697.

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