Archive for March, 2017

News of the Day — 3/31/17

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener
or know someone who may  be?

Please share this Training Flyer with friends and colleagues.  Also, here is a brochure that explains the Extension Master Gardener program.


Registration deadline is May 1st, 2017!


SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training is provided by SDSU faculty and includes access to online training materials, a resource manual, and hands-on classes. Hands-on classes will be held in three locations, over eight sessions.  Here is a wonderful opportunity!



Participants can select one of three training locations:

Sioux Falls: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1

Aberdeen: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2

Spearfish: June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3

Each session begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm local time.


Topics Include:

Basic botany and taxonomy; soils and fertilizers; turf and weed management; plant pathology/composting; tree and shrub care; pest management; planting and landscape use; pesticides; insects and pollinators, biodiversity; vegetables and season extension; herbaceous ornamentals, native plants, plant propagation and more!


Cost — There are two training options:

  • Training with Volunteer Commitment (Discount Rate $190): To take course at discounted rate, you must provide 50 hours of volunteer service over the next two years. The balance of the full course fee will be invoiced if service commitment is not completed.


  • Training WITHOUT Volunteer Commitment (Full Price $540): Participants will receive the same training, but will not be required to volunteer and will not become a certified Master Gardener. Instead, participants receive a horticulture training certificate upon successful completion of the course.


A little about the Extension Master Gardener program in SD:

  • Projects may include: assisting with school gardens, establishing pollinator habitat, putting on educational seminars, labeling native plants for educational purposes, hosting a tree pruning workshop, staffing informational booths at Farmers Markets, and conducting plant sales.
  • Benefits of becoming an Extension Master Gardener include tremendous knowledge gained, new friends with like-minded interests, fun activities such as trips to gardens and greenhouses, and being valued for one’s contributions.  They are the first to say they don’t ‘know it all’, but they have the resources in order to find the answers!


Register Today at

Having trouble registering? Contact us at or call 605-782-3290


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News of the Day — 3/29/17

The latest issue of “Plant Chat” is out! Just click on the picture below to open it!

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News of the Day — 3/20/17

Healthy soils are full of life! Bacteria, algae, microscopic insects, earthworms, beetles, ants, mites, and fungi are a few of the species and organisms that are part of the cycle. There are more soil microorganisms in a teaspoonful of soil than there are people on the earth!

We have a great flyer for you to print for more information. Just click on the picture above!

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News of the Day — 3/8/17

The Minnehaha Conservation District has a new partnership with PROJECT FOOD FOREST. This group of dedicated people is working towards filling Sioux Falls with edible plants to help feed hungry people and empower the city through education and implementation. We have a flyer available for you to print so you can find out more. PLEASE CLICK HERE for the flyer, then consider planting some edible trees and shrubs and donating to their cause. You can make a huge difference with your involvement. Thanks!

Project Food Forest

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