ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting applications for their Fall 2017 Northwest Iowa Master Gardener class to be held in Sheldon this September through November.
Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds. 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, just to name a few.
“To become a Master Gardener, individuals must complete 40 hours of horticulture education and training, and an additional 40-hour internship,” said Margaret Murphy, instructor and Horticulture Educator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Training will include lectures on topics ranging from basic botany to landscape design and maintenance. Every week, we will also have a hands-on activity to reinforce the concepts discussed in class.”
Murphy reminds interested individuals that they need not have any gardening experience, just an interest in gardening and a willingness to learn and serve local communities.
The Fall 2017 Northwest Iowa Master Gardener class will begin with an orientation night on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach – Lyon County office (710 North 2nd Avenue East, Rock Rapids, IA). The remaining classes will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and continuing every Tuesday night through Nov. 14, with additional dates of Thursday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 26. All classes will start at 6:00 p.m.
Applications for Master Gardener training are due Friday, Sept. 1. Interested individuals should apply online at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener. Trainees are required to submit and pass a background check. Background screening forms are available from the ISU Extension and Outreach – Lyon County office and need to be returned by Friday, Sept. 1.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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