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Winter webinar set for Master Gardeners, general public

By Staff | Jan 9, 2016

HULL – The Iowa State University Extension Master Gardener program will host a three-part winter webinar series in January and February.

Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning the realities of hunger in Iowa, the best way to work with food banks and food safety.

The webinars are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 at the Hull Public Library, 1408 Main St., Hull.

Winter webinar topics include:

A). Jan. 25: Hunger in Iowa: Learn the realities of hunger and teaching methods to use when working with food-insecure adults.

It’ll be presented by Christine Hradek, food and nutrition educator for ISU Extension; and Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener program assistant for ISU Extension .

B). Feb. 8: Working with Food Banks: Find out how Master Gardeners can work with food banks to donate garden produce.

It’ll be presented by Sara Bonefas, interim director of the Food Bank of Iowa; and DeBlieck.

C). Feb. 22: Best Practices for Food Safety: Get information on the best practices for handling garden produce going to food banks and the importance of food safety procedures.

It’ll be presented by Shannon Coleman, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and an ISU Extension specialist as well; and DeBlieck.

This webinar series is part of a collaborative project between the Master Gardener program in Iowa and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education.

This collaboration aims to improve the food environment for Iowans with low income, develop a strategic plan for planting food bank donations in gardens across Iowa, and increase the amount of food donated to food banks by Iowa Master Gardeners.

Any Master Gardener wishing to apply for a mini grant to support a food security project is required to register and take part in the webinar series.

Mini grant applications for up to $1,000 are due on March 1.

To register, contact Margaret Murphy at mmurphy@iastate.edu or at the ISU Extension office in Lyon County at (712) 472-2576.

The webinars are free and are not restricted to master gardeners.

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