Applications for the Search for Excellence award are closed for this year. Start preparing for next year!
Search for Excellence (SFE) is the recognition program of the Iowa Master Gardener program. SFE has six categories:
- Youth Programs
- Demonstration Gardens
- Innovative Projects
- Special Needs Audience
- Community Service Projects
Recommended Resource: Internal Evaluation Tools
Through the Search for Excellence recognition program, Master Gardeners can demonstrate their outstanding contributions to their communities, providing significant 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 awards recognize outstanding group projects and not individuals completing outstanding work.
2021 Search for Excellence Winner:
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2015 Search for Excellence Winners:
2013 and 2014 Winners Include: Cass County, Boone County, Warren County, Linn County (2), Mills County, and West Pottawattamie County.