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.
Iowans who would like to expand their gardening knowledge and become community garden volunteers can do so by completing Master Gardener training this fall. Offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Master Gardener training is designed for those who are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices.
Learn more and apply here: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener/become-master-gardener
Who are Master Gardeners?
They are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardener volunteers are individuals who have completed the Master Gardener training and share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects, and farmers markets to name a few.