OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Master Gardeners recently elevated intern Lisa Vohoska to certification as a Iowa Master Gardener. She took Master Gardener training in 2021 and recently completed the volunteer requirement and was presented with certificate and permanent name badge.
Iowa Master Gardener is a job title, describing a volunteer who has been trained to educate the public about horticulture and gardening. To achieve Master Gardener Certification, candidates complete 40 hours of educational training and 40 hours of volunteer time in their inaugural year. In ensuing years, a Master Gardener must complete 20 hours of volunteer time plus ten hours of approved advanced training, to maintain their certification.
Master Gardener training switched to online in 2020 and continues to be hybrid (meaning both online and in person). Persons interested in the Master Gardener Program can learn more by contacting Suzette Striegel at the Mahaska County Extension office by email email@example.com, phone 641-673-5841or by visiting the website https://www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener/ .