What Do Volunteers Do?  

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 
    • Sections include: Welcome Sign, West Border, Cottage, Vegetable, Herb, Butterfly, Natives, North Border, Composting, Maintenance
  • Plant and manage a community garden at the Gibson City Reservoir/Fishing Pond
    • Rain Barrel, Native Shrubs, Annuals and Perennials for Pollinators Demonstrations
  • Provide garden-themed presentations to the local community through their Speakers Bureau
  • Participate in Citizen Scientist Programs like Cocorahs and IPollinate
  • Hold plant shares each year 
  • Organize educational field trips for fellow Master Gardeners
  • Participate in the Monarch Watch Program, tagging monarchs each fall
  • Raised Bed Consultation 
  • Serve as an officer including President, Vice President, Secretary, or Committee Chair
  • Maintain Idea Garden Scrapbook
  • Help organize IGA Cookout fundraiser and Plant Share in May
  • Idea Garden Open House or Garden Walk in June
  • Watseka Harvest Days and Plant Share in October

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

  • Subcommittee meetings from 9 or 9:30-10 a.m.
  • A business meeting is from 10 am to 11 a.m.
  • Continuing Education offered from 11-Noon
  • Workdays may follow in the afternoon during the growing season
  • No July or December meetings

Continuing Education Opportunities: