Find resources for donation gardening, food safety, and distributing at food pantries. Read more about Resources for Growing Together Iowa Projects
Growing Together is a multi-state SNAP-Ed donation garden project that increases access to fruits and vegetables, promotes healthy food access, and provides nutrition and gardening education to individuals and families who are food insecure. Read more about Multi-State Growing Together Partnership
Master Gardener volunteers are building partnerships to donate more fresh produce to meal sites and food pantries. Read our Growing Together Iowa annual reports. Read more about Growing Together Iowa Annual Impact Reports
All about volunteering. This page is the homepage for any Master Gardener volunteer. Read more about Volunteers
Learn more about the Growing Together Mini Grants by clicking here. Read more about Apply for a Growing Together Iowa Mini-Grant
Watch this two minute video to learn more about the new Iowa Master Gardener website.
2020 Fall Webcast Series
Watch a set of three videos focused on water in Iowa. Dr. Billy Beck, shares about trees, waterways, and what you can do to help. Bree Marmur showcases rain gardens and gives tips to be a good water steward. Dr. Kay Stefanik showcases wetlands, and native wetland plants. Find them on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCoyB28Aj3qOovjpwnkSiLBg
2020 Winter Webcast Series
Participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices can show the 3-part webcast series starting in February 2020. Dr. Justin Glisan, State Climatologist, will share what people can do to adapt to changing growing conditions. State Master Gardener Coordinator Susan DeBlieck will share ideas for Master Gardener volutneer project sites to get kids into the garden. Explore the Ada Hayden Herbarium with Deborah Lewis, the curator; find out about early Iowa botanists and Deb's favorite native plants. Read the press release. Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office to learn more.
2019 Summer Webcast Series
Jessie Lowry, Blank Park Zoo, will share pollinator best practices. Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens, will share the in-depth answers to frequently asked garden questions. Grant Thompson, ISU Department of Horticulture, will show how to create plant communities that mimic nature.
2019 Winter Webcast Series
Master Gardener volunteers can gain continuing education hours by viewing webcasts at participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices. Read the press release. Dan Fillius will provide organic weed-free vegetable growing tips to reduce pests. Elin Filbey will share examples of how to attract new people to the garden. Ed Lyon will explore a dozen ways to create container gardens.
Growing Season 2018 Webcasts
The Growing Season webcast series includes presentations to enhance MG volunteer projects. Topics are: Invasive Insect Update, Tree Care, Attracting Local Bees, Growing Organic Vegetables, Compost 101, and Growing Roses in Iowa. Read the press release here.
Through the Search for Excellence recognition program, Master Gardeners can demonstrate their outstanding contributions to their communities, measuring learning and impact in the local area. All SFE applications must show that significant learning took place, with the focus on educating the general public rather than individual Master Gardeners. All SFE winning projects must be a team effort. Usually the awards are presented to individual county groups, but cooperation across county lines is encouraged as well. Read more about Search for Excellence Award