The application window opened July 17 for the fall 2023 Master Gardener training cohort, which will be offered in 55 counties or extension regions, including 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 four 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 July 17 to Aug. 18 to apply for the fall session. Training for the fall session begins Sept. 5. Learn more about the program online or through the Mahaska County Extension office, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa.
“Many people have misconceptions about what the Master Gardener program truly is. 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 Gardener Statewide Coordinator Alicia Herzog, ISU Extension and Outreach
Master Gardeners are volunteers who use research-based information to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities.
Local extension staff can help anyone with questions about joining Master Gardener training this year, including details of when and where in-person meetings will take place in their county or extension region.
Iowa State has offered Master Gardener training for over 40 years, engaging more than 15,000 people in learning about gardening best practices. Mahaska County has held local trainings since 2003 and has a local organization of previously trained volunteers.