Mahaska County to hold Master Gardener Training
Mahaska County Extension is now enrolling for a Master Gardener training to begin September 9, 2014. Master Gardener trainees attend classes taught by Iowa State University Extension professionals in topics ranging from lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit crops and houseplants to insect, disease and weed control, soil and plant nutrition and pesticide safety. There will be approximately 40 hours of instruction on Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:30 pm. The classes will be held at the Mahaska Extension Office. Participants also attend one Class on Iowa State University campus either Saturday October 18 or 25, 2014. This training has a $195 fee. A $50 late fee applies for those enrolling after September 5, 2014.
To insure and enrollment of six trainees and encourage early enrollment the Mahaska County Master Gardeners will cover $25 of the tuition fee for the first six trainees to enroll.
Additionally, in exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer 40 hours of service to their local extension program within the next year. Master Gardeners can answer requests for gardening information, staff plant clinics or displays, speak to local groups, teach youth, provide horticulture therapy activities for the elderly, and supervise or judge county fair Horticulture activities as judges or project coordinators.
If you interested in becoming an Iowa Master Gardener stop by the Mahaska County Extension office at 212 N I Street Oskaloosa, call 641-673-5841 or visit their Web page at www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska.