Events Archive

Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

The plant sale has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Follow the Des Moines County Master Gardeners Facebook page to learn more about the projects that they are working on and to have garden questions answered.

Des Moines County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 2nd at Homestead 1839 in West Burlington.
There will be a wide variety of plants and short garden demonstrations throughout the morning.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

This in-person training has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please visit the IDALS FMNP website for more information about online training dates that can be viewed from home.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Basic garden preparation, seed starting & selection, and pest and disease prevention in the home garden.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.  PLEASE STAY TUNED TO OUR BLOG AND FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GROWING YOUR HOME GARDEN.

Workshop topics include selecting crop varieties that are best for preservation or long-season harvests, garden planting schedules, and proper curing and handling of fall storage crops.  

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

This workshop has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Follow Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa on Facebook for updates about future gardening workshops and information.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

This workshop has been moved to an online format.  Registrants have been provided with a link to the meeting and it will take place at the same scheduled time.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Workshop topics include selecting crop varieties that are best for preservation or long-season harvests, garden planting schedules, and proper curing and handling of fall storage crops.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ 

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Workshop topics include preparing a gardening site, starting seeds and selecting crop varieties, garden tools, and managing pests, weeds and diseases.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The 22nd Annual Iowa Farmers Market Association Workshop will be held Saturday, February 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 3010 52nd Street in Des Moines, Iowa.  Fro market managers, vendors and enthusiasts.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ 

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:00pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County is hosting a Beginning Beekeeper Course every Thursday from January 30 to February 20 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Lee County Extension Office in Donnellson, IA. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, January 24, 2020 - 4:00pm

Mark your calendar for January 23-24, 2020, for the Iowa Specialty Producers Conference! Join the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association for two days of learning, networking, and fun. Registration opens in November; stay tuned for details.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 4:00pm

Save the date! The 5th Community Food Systems Annual Event is set for Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, 2020, at the West Des Moines Marriott. Two pre-conference workshops take place January 9: a Local Food Leader train-the-trainer, and a Business Model Canvas workshop.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn about tools and tips to increase production, expand your markets, and plan for the 2020 growing season.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 3:00pm to Monday, November 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

 The 19th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 24-25, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

high tunnel short course will be held at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


This is the third year for the course, which is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops, while providing information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

The state of Iowa has specific laws and regulations related to food that is prepared at home and sold direct to consumers. This workshop includes both online and face-to-face sessions that will guide you through regulations and the best food safety practices to ensure safe handling of your product from the kitchen to the point of sale. This workshop is open to anyone ages 18 years or older.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Growing produce in the fall affords all the fun of growing the same crops in the spring, but with fewer of the problems. Tour a 100-share CSA farm that provides food from the gardens until late fall without requiring the use of a high tunnel.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tips and tricks for raising poultry rotationally on pasture. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Individuals interested in having their canner dial gauge tested are invited to bring their gauges to ISU Extension and Outreach Lee County in Donnellson on the last Wednesday of every month starting in May and ending in August between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Curious about adding chestnuts to your farm? Do you have chestnuts planted and want to see a profitable operation? If either applies to you, attend this field day! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

In this brief workshop we will discuss what should & shouldn't be composted, tips and tricks for composting at home, how to put together your own compost bin, and we'll even cover vermicomposting (worms!).

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

A PFI Field Day at an established u-pick apple orchard in Solon, IA.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Sample new foods, learn about foods that are in season, and learn about how fruits and veggies grow. 

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