Master Gardeners raising funds
Jefferson County Master Gardeners will have a fundraiser from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Farmers’ Market at Howard Park.
The Master Gardeners will be selling plants grown by local gardeners. These are especially hardy and locally happy plants.
They also will be selling herb-growing kits, which include painted and decorated terra cotta pots, with a bag of potting soil and some herb seeds.
The funds raised at the sale will be used to support the local club’s multiple projects.
The club is part of a nationwide organization that educates and participates in all aspects of “plant” knowledge. The members participate in various educational and service projects and network with gardeners of all sorts.
Last month, the group helped the Fairfield Beatification Commission clean up the garden nodes around the city square and hosted a booth at the Family Garden Day at the Fairfield Public Library. They were invited to help supervise plantings on the Fairfield trails.
The Jefferson County Master Gardeners is coordinating and supervising the landscaping of the Maasdam Barns and Welcome Center, which unexpectedly included bi-weekly watering all the new plantings. This past winter, the group hosted a presentation on aquaponics at the Fairfield library.
One of the members recently gave a presentation about gardening in general, with some demonstrations on proper planting procedures at a Red Hat Society meeting.
Earlier in the spring, members went on one of their monthly field trips to visit area greenhouses and nurseries.
The group usually has a table at the Fairfield Farmers’ Market about once a month to offer information and programs to the community.
Kim Keller coordinates the club’s activates with the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office. She will be coordinating another Master Gardeners class this fall, which includes 40 hours of instruction mostly from Iowa State University professors.
For more information, call the Extension Office at 472-4166.