Dates for webinars set

Washington County Extension will host three Growing Season webcasts this winter. The two hour webcasts are free of charge and open to the public.

Winter webcast topics

On Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. ? From Seed to Table, presented by Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist, and Caitlin Szymanski, local foods program coordinator, with ISU Extension and Outreach. Learn tips for starting vegetable seeds and growing transplants. Also get to know local food system resources in Iowa.

On Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. ? Garden Helpers, presented by Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens, and Laura Irish, graduate research assistant in horticulture at Iowa State University. Explore best practices for managing volunteers from Reiman Gardens. Learn about how Master Gardeners are volunteering as citizen scientists contributing to research.

On March 8, at 6 p.m. ? Food Security Partners, presented by Tillie Good and Laura Liechty, youth and 4-H program specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Carrie Chennault, graduate research assistant in agricultural education and studies at Iowa State. Hear how Master Gardeners are building projects that increase community food security. Also find out how to expand project partnerships with 4-H youth and volunteers.

The webcasts will provide ideas for Master Gardener volunteer projects and expand the knowledge base of volunteers. Master Gardeners can gain six continuing education hours for participating in the webcasts.

To register, contact Washington County Extension at 319-653-4811 or email The webcasts are free of charge and open to anyone who may be interested.

Funding for the webcasts is provided by the USDA SNAP-Education program.