Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women; Jefferson County Master Gardeners
Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women
The Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Pizza Ranch.
Wilma Lewis Whitham will serve as hostess and present a program on health and wellness.
The roll call response is the government of Cuba.
Following the meeting, the group will go to the Farm Bureau office to view the group’s historian books from past years.
All interested women are invited to attend.
Jefferson County Master Gardeners
Jefferson County Master Gardeners met Monday at the Jefferson County ISU Extension office. President Julie called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m., with nine members and one guest, Colleen Matson, present .
The February meeting minutes and treasurers report were read and approved.
Julie Johnston, Gerri Lyon, Aleta Mottet and Karin Quass-Hauring reported on the monarch butterfly/milkweed planting program they presented March 17 at Fairfield Middle School. The sixth-graders were interested to learn about the monarch population and life habitat. Each student planted milkweed seeds in biodegradable pots that they will maintain. Teacher Cory Khlem reinforced the importance of milkweed in native environments.
Many members attended the March 4 Mt. Pleasant Master Gardeners spring symposium and gave feedback on the speakers and lunch.
Members had a table at the March 11 Fairfield Farmers Market. Aleta Mottet and Toni Griffith answered questions and sold garden planners and Iowa wildflower books.
Members Aideen Vega-Van Auken, Becky Jaeger and Megan Robinson have been assisting the Fairfield Public Library staff with its Seed Savers exchange germination project.
Sandi and Keith Dimmitt presented a program on eastern bluebirds to several members March 6 at the Extension office. They made bluebird houses with their assistance.
There is still time to sign up for the International Master Gardener conference July 10-14 being held in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Convention Center.
Sandi Dimmitt has received the plant marker order. Members will be selling these at various events: indoor farmers market, the annual plant sale at the farmers market in May, and more.
Master Gardeners will have a table at the April 7 Fairfield First Fridays art walk, 7-9 p.m. at Fairfield Nutrition. Brochures, handouts, plant markers, garden planners and Iowa wildflower books will be available.
The week of April 10 is Fairfield Public Library Week. On family night , members will have a table to make seed tapes.
April 15, Gary Wittenbaugh will speak from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Extension office. His topic will be “Gardening out of the Comfort Zone.”
The week of April 17 is Extension Week. Colleen Matson reported the open house is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20, with food and door prizes. Master Gardeners will have a table to answer gardening questions.
May 6 is the group’s annual plant sale at Fairfield Farmers Market. Members will have potted perennials from their gardens, plant markers, garden planners and wildflower books for sale.
Babies at the Barns is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at Maasdam Barns. Master Gardener members will have a booth ready to plant seeds with children. Baby animals from local 4-H families will be on the grounds.
The Fairfield Green Fair is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 20 at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Members will have a table set up.
A free “Rock Gardens & Their Plants” program is set 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 27 at the Extension office.
Colleen Matson also discussed ISU Master Gardener training classes that will be held this fall. Postcards will be mailed in July; the group will assist with the design of the cards.
Julie Johnston reported on the Iowa Water & Land Legacy Trust Fund meeting she attended in Oskaloosa. A 14-page report was passed to members. This funding was approved in 2010, but has not been enacted. Members were encouraged to contact legislators.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.
The next meeting date is planned for 5:15 p.m. May 24 at the Extension office.