‘Better Garden Photography’ Slated for Feb. 13

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Due to their often vibrant and diverse nature, gardens are a great subject for photographers to capture and turn into art. According to a news release from the Mahaska County Master Gardeners, there will be a seminar entitled “Better Garden Photography” presented by J.O. Parker on Tuesday Feb. 13 at 6:30 pm. The presentation will aim to help participants learn simple tips for taking better garden photos. It will be held at the Mahaska County Extension and Outreach office and will be free and open to the public.

About the Speaker

J.O. Parker is a writer and photographer from Montezuma, Iowa. He holds a BS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. J.O. spent nearly 18 years as an editor and photographer at four community newspapers before switching gears. He currently works at Monsanto and does freelance work. J.O. enjoys telling people’s stories through photographs and words, teaching photography to 4-H’ers, and attending steam engine shows and antique collecting with his wife, Debbie.

About Mahaska County Master Gardeners

Mahaska County Master Gardeners are celebrating their fourteenth year.  The local program organized after the county held their first training.  The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides current, research based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects.  Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service.  The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.

More information about this and other horticulture events can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street; Oskaloosa Phone 641-673-5841; and www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska/yardgarden.htm.

Photo: Hailey Brown, KBOE Radio.

Plots Still Available at Community Garden Sites in Oskaloosa

Community gardening is on the rise in Oskaloosa!  In 2016 there is an additional garden as well as additional plots at the community gardens in Oskaloosa.  One place interested gardeners can find information about the community gardens of Oskaloosa is the new website  bzposky.wix.com/communitygardens.  This website was developed by Emily Brown, United Way Community Impact Coordinator.  The site will be updated during the growing season!

Community Garden sites and the facilitators at the sites in Oskaloosa include OCSD Glendale Garden, Ron VanHeuvelen (641-660-4329. rvheuvelen@gmail.com); Hope Gardens, Blaine Vos (641-676-1601, oskyhope@gmail.com); Lifeforge Church Garden, David Steinbron (641-638-1657, daalstein@gmail.com); and William Penn Garden, Marsha Riordan (641-673-1044, riordanm@wmpenn.edu).

The OCSD FFA learning garden will again plant, tend, and harvest their garden and establish raised beds for vegetable production.  The produce will be provided to the local food pantries.  OCSD FFA Learning Garden facilitator is AG/FFA Instructor Bret Spurgin (641-895-2291, spurgeinb@oskyccsd.org).

For more information about community gardening in Oskaloosa, specific gardening topics or Mahaska County Extension horticulture programming, please contact Mahaska County Extension by email striegel@iastate.edu or phone at 641-673-5841 or visit our website www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska.


Information from news release from ISU Extension, Mahaska County.


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