Across the country, more than 80,000 Master Gardener volunteers educate the public, provide youth programming, and donate produce to local food banks. In Iowa, the Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in mini grants in 2016 to enhance Iowa’s food security. The mini grants funded 16 county Master Gardener programs serving more than two dozen counties.
In all, more than 90 Master Gardeners were involved in food security mini grant projects, volunteering more than 500 total hours. Together they grew more than 58,000 pounds of produce that was donated to 50 food pantries and food banks.
The Iowa Master Gardener program, administered by Iowa State University Extension, is part of the nationwide system of Master Gardeners of the Cooperative Extension Service supported by NIFA.
Read more about Iowa's Master Gardener Program.
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