Ford-Iroquois Counties Master Gardeners

The Ford Iroquois Master Gardeners serve the community by organizing programs and projects that promote knowledge on flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruit, trees, shrubs, and more. Master Gardeners help provide a better understanding of plant diseases, organic gardening, composting, native plants, and the importance of pollinators. In 2023, About 12 Master Gardeners volunteered close to 1,500 hours making their community a better place to live! 

If you enjoy gardening, learning, and sharing your knowledge with others, the Master Gardener program is for you. Registration for classes has ended, however you may wish to fill out the interest form to receive information on classes next fall. The next Master Gardener training will take place in the Winter/Spring of 2025.

Volunteers make a commitment to complete 40 volunteer hours on approved Master Gardener projects within two years. 

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What Do Volunteers Do?  

Activities

Here are some of the ways our volunteers are active in Ford and Iroquois Counties:

  • Design, plant, and care for an educational Idea Garden at the Onarga Library 
  • Plant and manage a community garden at the Gibson City Reservoir/Fishing Pond
  • Raise vegetables at Iroquois Memorial Hospital Garden for the community.
  • Provide garden-themed presentations to the local community through their Speakers Bureau
  • Participate in Citizen Scientist Programs like Cocorahs.
  • Organize educational field trips for fellow Master Gardeners
  • Participate in the Monarch Watch Program, tagging monarchs each fall.
  • Serve as an officer including President, Vice President, Secretary, or Committee Chair
  • Help organize IGA Cookout fundraiser and Plant Share 
Meetings

Meetings are (normally) scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month at the Iroquois County U of I Extension Office- 916 W Seminary Ave, Onarga, IL 60955-0163

  • A business meeting is from 10 am to 11 a.m.
  • Workdays may follow in the afternoon during the growing season
  • No July or December meetings
Education

Continuing Education Opportunities: