2018 Garden to Table Series

Hosted throughout Lyon, Sioux, O'Brien and Osceola Counties.
 
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Something for the kids this summer!
 
Are your children between the ages of 5 and 12? If yes, sign them up for PoP Club!
 
What is PoP Club?
PoP stands for Power of Produce. It is a club that meets at the local farmers’ market. Each week, we will have fun activities that teach kids about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables plus, they’ll get to taste a fruit or vegetable.
 
Participants can come as often as they like. Just check in at the PoP Club table any time during the market hours on PoP Club days. Members will receive a $2 token to purchase fruits and vegetables at the market. Family members are welcome to participate in the fun with their PoP Club member.
 
How much does it cost to be a PoP Club member?
Nothing! The program is hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach and is free thanks to the support of the local market, vendors, community sponsors and volunteers, and the ISU Foundation Excellence in Extension grant. 
 
Where will the PoP Clubs be held?
  • Rock Rapids Farmers’ Market located at the Sunshine Grocery Store parking lot on Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This PoP Club will run June 4 through August 13.
  • Sheldon Farmers’ Marketlocated at 1200 S. 2nd Ave. (the   Old Train Depot) on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This PoP Club will run June 18 through August 13.
  • Hawarden Farmers’ Market located at 13th St. and Ave. E. (the Veterans’ Memorial Park) on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This PoP Club will run July 19 to August 16.
How do youth join PoP Club or get more information?
Contact Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator and Regional Food Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, at 712-472-2576 or mmurphy@iastate.edu.
 

 
Growing Together Master Gardener Donation Garden Projects
 
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has teamed up with Human Sciences Extension staff to increase food security in Iowa.
 
Thanks to USDA SNAP-Education funding, we will have three donation gardens:
  1. The Iowa State University (ISU) Home Demonstration Garden at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids will donate produce to several area food pantries.
  2.  A Donation/Community Garden in Sanborn will donate to several local agencies and institutions that provide service to low-income families and a free meal service to kids.
  3. A Children’s Garden in Sibley, that will be the site of gardening classes, will also donate produce to a local food pantry and to the Elderbridge Agency on Aging Senior Produce Box Project that distributes produce  to low-income older Iowans.
We will also provide drop sites at each of these gardens where other local gardeners can leave produce donations for delivery to area food pantries during the days we are harvesting.
For more information on these donation gardens and drop sites, contact Margaret at 712-472-2576 or mmurphy@iastate.edu.
 

 
GARDENING WITH NATIVE FLOWER VARIETIES
 
March 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Prairie Heritage Center
4931 Yellow Avenue ∙Peterson, IA
 
Going native with flower plantings creates a colorful, hardy landscape that is pollinator friendly. Learn about why native plants are important and how they can work in the garden. Presented by O’Brien County Naturalist Charlene Elyea.
 
Cost: FREE!
 

 
MASTER GARDENER WEBINAR: GARDEN HELPERS
 
March 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach—Lyon County
710 North 2nd Avenue East ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
Explore best practices for managing volunteers from the staff at Reiman Gardens. Then, learn about how Master Gardeners are volunteering as citizen scientists contributing to research.
 
Cost:FREE!
 

 
TIPS FOR GARDENING IN A RAISED BED
 
April 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Alton Public Library
605 West 10th Street ∙Alton, IA
 
Have you ever wondered what makes a good raised bed or what grows well in them? What are the pros and cons or raised bed gardening? Join me and learn more about growing flowers and vegetables in a raised bed.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
MASTER GARDENER WEBINAR:   FOOD SECURITY PARTNERS
 
April 17, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach—Lyon County
710 North 2nd Avenue East ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
Hear how Master Gardeners are building projects that increase community food security. Also, find out how to expand project partnerships with 4-H youth and volunteers.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
GARDENING WITH SHADE AND USING GROUND COVERS
 
April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Hull Public Library
1408 Main Street ∙Hull, IA
 
Do you consider shady sites to be a problem? Wondering what to do about those bare areas under trees? Join me as we discuss options for shade and the use of ground covers.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
TUESDAY EVENING AT THE GARDEN: VEGETABLE GARDENING IN RAISED BEDS AND CONTAINERS
 
May 8, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
Join me as we plant cool season crops in raised beds and several containers. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of raised bed and container gardening.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
WHAT’S INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)?
 
May 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach—Lyon County
710 North 2nd Avenue East ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
The goal of IPM is to provide safe, effective, economical and environmentally sound pest management. Join me as we talk about how IPM involves using a combination of techniques to keep pests from overtaking your garden.
 
Cost: FREE!
 

 
TUESDAY EVENING AT THE GARDEN: VEG OUT WITH GREENS IN THE GARDEN
 
June 19, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
We’ll start with a tour of our garden greens which include kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, Swiss chard and Asian greens. Then, we’ll talk about how to grow greens and protect them from pests. We’ll end the night by learning why greens are so important in our diet and enjoy a tasty green salad. Presented in partnership with Renee Sweers, ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Nutrition and Wellness .
 
Cost:$5/person
 
REGISTRATION: Register by Friday, June 1 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach—Lyon County office at 712-472-2576 or online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2018-horticulture-events
 

 
PRAIRIE WALK
 
June 23, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Prairie Heritage Center
4931 Yellow Avenue ∙Peterson, IA
 
Join O’Brien County Naturalist Charlene Elyea for a leisurely walk to explore the prairie in early summer.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
STAY INDEPENDENT: A HEALTHY AGING SERIES
 
July 3, 2018 ∙ July 10, 2018 ∙ July 17, 2018 ∙ July 24 or 31, 2018 (final date TBD by class)
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Willoway Complex
409 Ash Street ∙Sutherland, IA
 
Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series is a nutrition and wellness program for adults age 60+. It provides information and tips to help aging adults remain healthy and independent.
 
The program series focuses on four topics:
     1) Three Meals a Day
     2) Feast on Fruits and Vegetables
     3) Power up with Protein
     4) Exercise Your Independence
 
During each session, participants will learn about the health benefits of eating well and moving more, sample healthy, tasty, low-cost recipes, and exchange ideas with peers to help meet health goals.
 
COST: FREE!
 
REGISTRATION:RSVP to Willoway Complex at 712-446-2599, preferred but not required.
 

 
TUESDAY EVENING AT THE GARDEN: SQUASH BUGS AND OTHER “JOYS” IN THE GARDEN
 
July 10, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
Join Master Gardener Intern Beth Lorch and I for a walk around the garden as we discuss bugs, disease, disorders and weeds.
 
Cost: FREE!
 

 
ISU HOME DEMONSTRATION GARDEN WALK
 
July 17, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙Rock Rapids, IA
 
Come take a tour of the garden with Dr. Cindy Haynes, ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture. Learn about the interesting cultivars being  grown this year in the “Vegetable Rainbow Garden.” Vegetables from the garden will again be donated to area food pantries. As always, we’ll be serving local food treats!
 
Cost: FREE!
 

 
PRESERVATION 101
 
July 31, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Osceola Community Hospital
600 9th Avenue North ∙ Sibley, IA
 
Has it been a while since you’ve done any canning?
Are you a first time food preserver?
Are you wondering if you’re using up-to-date, safe procedures?
Or maybe you are just looking for some new recipes for food preservation?     
 
If you answered yes to any of these questions or just want to know more about preserving your garden bounty, join ISU Extension and Outreach Nutrition and Wellness Specialist Renee Sweers as she discusses the recommended safe food preservation practices and answers questions on canning, freezing and drying food.
 
COST: $10/person
 
REGISTRATION: Online registration link coming soon. For more information and/or to access online registration, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach—Osceola County office at  712-754-3648 or xosceola@iastate.edu.
 

 
TUESDAY EVENING AT THE GARDEN: FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
 
August 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙ Rock Rapids, IA
 
Join Amanda Minter from Country Boutique in Rock Rapids as she shows us how to make beautiful floral arrangements using flowers and other items from the yard and garden. Participants need to bring a container/vase for their creation and are encouraged to bring snips from their own yard and garden to use in their arrangement. Tools and some flowers from the ISU Home Demonstration Garden, as well as other materials will be available to participants.
 
COST: $5/person
 
REGISTRATION: Register by Friday, August 10 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach—Lyon County office at 712-472-2576 or online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2018-horticulture-events
 

 
FRESH SALSA MAKING COMPETITION AND LOCAL FOOD BUFFET
 
August 18, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙ Rock Rapids, IA
 
Do you make the BEST fresh salsa? If so, join our fresh salsa making competition. We’ll award prizes for the top three salsas.
 
Not a salsa maker, but a salsa connoisseur? Join us and help select the best fresh salsa.
 
We’ll also have a tomato tasting activity and local food buffet. Bring the family, we’ll have activities for the kids, too! 
 
COST: $5/person
 
REGISTRATION: Register by Tuesday, August 14 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach—Lyon County office at 712-472-2576 or online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2018-horticulture-events
 

 
PRAIRIE WALK
 
August 25, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Prairie Heritage Center
4931 Yellow Avenue ∙ Peterson, IA
 
Join O’Brien County Naturalist Charlene Elyea for a leisurely walk to explore the prairie in late summer.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
TUESDAY EVENING AT THE GARDEN: LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
September 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ISU Home Demonstration Garden
South Tama Street and South 5th Avenue ∙ Rock Rapids, IA
 
Join Landscape Specialist Trixie Metzger as she shares ideas and tips on how to design a beautiful and functional landscape.
 
COST: FREE!
 

 
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener Program

Provides current, research-based home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal horticulture knowledge.

Before Training:

During Training:

  • Take pre-assessment.
  • Complete the core training (40+ hours of horticulture education on houseplants, flowers, turf grass, vegetables, landscape design, woody landscape plants, plant propagation, fruits, soils, wildlife management, integrated pest management, plant pathology and entomology).
  • Attend a Saturday class on campus—a favorite of past trainees.
  • Complete an open-book post-test and score 70 or better.

After Training is Completed:

  • You are now a Master Gardener Intern. As an intern, you must complete 40 hours of volunteer service by Dec. 31, 2019. Then, you will be a certified Master Gardener!

To Stay an Active Master Gardener:

  • Annually complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education.

Click here to get more information and/or register for the Fall 2018 Master Gardener class. 

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