Iowa State University Extension and Outreach--Clayton County
Media Packet 7/21/16
Calendar of Events for Clayton County
Friday, July 29, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Insect Zoo Day Camp Elkader City Park Shelter
Monday, August 1, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 4-H & FFA Dog Training Classes Clayton County Fairgrounds, National
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Clayton County Fair Static Judging Clayton County Fairgrounds, National
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Clayton County Fair Clayton County Fairgrounds, National
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Fair Funtivities Day Camp Clayton County Fairgrounds, National
Master Gardener Program Assistant
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Master Gardener Training Begins in September
ISU Extension and Outreach core training course offered this fall
Ames, Iowa – Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clayton County office. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes in Clayton start on September 27, 2016.
Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Clayton County Extension Office at 120 South Main Street in Elkader. There will also be a class on October 8 or 22 in Ames on the campus of Iowa State University. Three face-to-face lectures to cover vegetables, herbs, plant propagation, houseplants and herbaceous ornamentals will also be part of the training.
Those interested in the course can apply at through the Master Gardener website. Apply by September 1, 2016 to participate in 40 hours of Master Gardener Training. There is a fee of $195 for this course and no previous gardening experience is required.
“Starting this fall, people can begin their journey to become a master gardener volunteer,” said Susan DeBlieck, program assistant in the Master Gardener program with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The training course includes lectures on gardening subjects, from growing vegetables and fruits to designing gardens with native plants.”
After completing the course master gardener trainees start their work as volunteers within the community, volunteering 20 hours a year while building their gardening know-how by participating in 10 hours of continuing education.
“Master gardeners provide information and education to Iowans,” said DeBlieck. “They are a community resource establishing community gardens, helping people identify plant diseases and growing nectar plants for pollinators.”
In 2015, over 120,000 volunteer hours in Iowa were logged by Iowa Master Gardeners.
DeBlieck notes a second enrollment option for those not interested in volunteering. Registering as a professional horticulture trainee ($550 fee), offers the same educational course and materials, but participants earn a certificate upon completion without having to provide the 40 hours of community service.
Caption & photo credit:
Photo courtesy Paula Winslow: A master gardener volunteer for Polk County’s Enabling Gardens.
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