Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program trains garden enthusiasts to learn, grow, and teach others about plants and gardening in the home landscape. Participants receive 40 hours of training via webcasting, face-to-face, and hands-on workshops, while interacting with others of similar interests. After completing their training, Master Gardener Interns volunteer 40 hours of service in county approved projects related to gardening education to become active Master Gardeners. To maintain active status, Master Gardeners must attend at least 10 hours of county approved continuing education and volunteer at least 20 hours of service on county approved projects.

Mission Statement for Mahaska County Master Gardeners

Our Mission

The mission of the Mahaska County Master Gardener program is to make current research based home horticulture information available to the community.



  • We collaborate with Mahaska County Extension to provide and promote programs, activities and various projects of a horticulture nature for audiences and members.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and exchange of ideas.

Recruitment and Effective Volunteers

  • Coordinate with Iowa State University Extension for local training of new interns.
  • Active promotion of program through websites, publication and events.
  • Participate in community activities to enhance visibility.
  • Create an active volunteer base.


  • Consult and assist in establishment, improvement & maintenance of community gardens.
  • Maintain ISU Extension gardens.

Fund raising

  • Generate income to support program by raising funds while providing education.