OSKALOOSA — The application window is opening January 9 for this year’s winter Master Gardener training in Mahaska county.
Iowans wishing to complete Master Gardener training choose a county to complete training through, participate in online learning modules, and attend at least 4 in-person training sessions organized by the county office. After completing the 10-week training, trainees put their knowledge to work with a 40-hour internship in their training county.
Applicants have from January 9 to February 3 to apply for the winter session. Training for the winter session begins February 20th. Learn more about the program at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener/become-master-gardener.
Trainees are also to attend four In-person sessions. There are options for the in person sessions which will meet at Mahaska County Extension. The options include Live Q and A webinars on February 27 Plant Propagation, March 6 Compost, March 27 Herbaceous Ornamentals, and April 10 Weed Science in addition to Mahaska County sessions on February 21 Orientation, March 14 Soils, April 11 tour, and wrap up on April 25.
“Many people have misconceptions about what the Master Gardener program truly is,” said Alicia Herzog, Master Gardener Statewide Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The Master Gardener training program is about more than just learning how to grow your best garden, although you will learn that as well. Trainees use knowledge gained in training to grow food for those in need, partner with area organizations to design green spaces, and present programs in their local communities.” Master Gardeners are volunteers who use research-based information to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities.
Iowa State has offered Master Gardener training for over 40 years, engaging more than 15,000 people in learning about gardening best practices.
For more information contact Suzette Striegel at Mahaska County Extension, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa by phone 641-673-5841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org