ISU Extension and Outreach Events

Date: 1/21/2021 - 04/29/2021

Calendar of Events – Crawford County ISU Extension and Outreach


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March 25 (Thurs) BQA training at the Lohf-Schumann Community Center, 301 Lohff Schumann Drive, Holstein from 10:00 am to noon.  Please call the Ida County Extension office at 712-364-3003 to pre-register. No cost to attend.



April 2 & 5      Virtual Babysitting Basics Course.  Open to youth in grades 4-6.  You will learn about child development, age-appropriate activities, food, toys, safety and basic first aid, caring for infants and kids, parent expectations and the basic babysitting business.  Registration due by March 15, 2021.  Call the Crawford County Extension office at 712-263-4697 to register.



April 29 (Thurs)         Grant Writing 101, Representatives of nonprofits, local government, schools and other organizations are encouraged to register for Grant Writing 101, which will be presented from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 at the Crawford County Extension Office, 35 S Main, Denison.  Call 712-263-4697 to reserve your seat.  Face mask will be required in attending.






Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.


Registration Opens for Gardening to Give Program

Iowa 4-H Youth Development will launch Gardening to Give, a hands-on educational gardening program designed for all ages and abilities, on March 15. Registered participants receive educational resources monthly during this eight-month, immersive learning experience. This marks year two for Gardening to Give after the program reached over 1,000 individuals across Iowa and the United States in its first year.

“Gardening to Give will focus on encouraging all Iowans to grow gardens statewide to provide food for their families as well as local food pantries and food banks,” said Haley Jones, 4-H civic engagement and leadership specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Registration for the Gardening to Give program is now open. Registered participants will receive monthly gardening lessons and learning activities focused on a specific gardening topic, ranging from planting, weed control and pollinators to examples of how to share and donate harvested produce with others. The educational lessons are designed to provide applicable learning for small container gardens to large-scale backyard garden beds using seeds and plants that are accessible to the grower.

Participants are then encouraged to report their harvest and donation amounts through a texting service for the program. Individuals also will be able to share their gardening progress through photos and quotes via a digital platform throughout the program. Participants are encouraged to connect with their ISU Extension and Outreach county office to obtain additional horticultural information, connect with local experts and participate in local gardening workshops.

“Gardening to Give provides an extended learning opportunity for youth and adults alike to learn together and share their successes in the garden,” said Jones. “The great thing about this program is that participants can engage in this online learning opportunity when it’s most convenient for them.”

While this educational experience extends over an eight-month period, participants can register and choose to engage at any time in select portions of Gardening to Give or the entire learning experience. There is no cost involved to participate.

Register now to get your hands dirty and pledge them to larger service by growing a garden with ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H Youth Development,” Jones said. Visit the Gardening to Give webpage for more information.




Get a Head Start on Growing Geraniums for Spring


Now is the perfect time to get geranium seed planted before spring gardening

Cindy Haynes, associate professor and extension specialist in horticulture at Iowa State University, offers these tips on how to start geranium seeds before planting them outside.

Seeds need to be started eight weeks before putting them outside. The best temperature to germinate a geranium seed is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A seed germination mix is suitable for this as the texture is super fine and ensures the seed doesn’t get lost.

“I am often very careful with watering, so I will either water from below or have a really gentle spray on top to make sure I don’t wash away any seeds,” said Haynes.

Germination domes are also an option. These domes have a plastic cover over the top to keep the seeds humid, so you do not have to water as often. They also keep the temperature stable and warm to help with germination.

The earlier the seed is started, the better. Beginning the seeding process in early March is favorable in order to have a decent size sprout to plant late spring.

Seeds also can be planted outside if you do not plant them as soon as hoped. When planting flower seedlings, be aware of weed seedlings, which take over flower seedlings.

Getting ahead of germination will give a grower the best start to spring gardening. For more information, Haynes can be reached at 515-294-4006 or


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