Each year, the Master Gardener Advisory Committee recognizes impactful and outstanding contributions by groups of Iowa Master Gardeners by presenting Search for Excellence (SFE) awards. Multiple awards in several categories may be given. If your local Master Gardener group has projects that are making a difference in your community, consider nominating them for one of these awards. Share your story of how the projects developed and what impacts they have had by submitting applications for the SFE Awards by March 15, 2017.
Who are Master Gardeners?
They are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardeners are individuals who have taken 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.
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.