MAHASKA COUNTY — The Mahaska County Master Gardeners recently honored Eileen Blom for reaching the level of 500 cumulative hours of volunteer service as a Iowa Master Gardener.
Eileen took her initial Master Gardener training in 2006.
Iowa Master Gardener is a job title, describing a volunteer who has been trained to educate the public about horticulture and gardening. To achieve Master Gardener Certification, candidates complete 40 hours of educational training and 40 hours of volunteer time in their inaugural year.
In ensuing years, a Master Gardener must complete 20 hours of volunteer time plus ten hours of approved advanced training, to maintain their certification.