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Food Pantry Donations

Donate to Hamilton County Food Pantries

Vegetables, Tomatoes, Salad, Vegetable Basket, Garden

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation would like to encourage all Master Gardeners to donate fresh vegetables and fruits to food pantries throughout Hamilton County.


Produce donations do not have to be large. Our thought is that even if a gardener only has 3 or 4 extra tomatoes one week, those are tomatoes that one or two families in need could use and really appreciate.

Here is a quick snapshot of the two ways to donate:

• Where To Donate Directory: This is a one page directory of the food pantries in Hamilton County that accept fresh produce donations from the public. The directory lists the name and address of each of the participating food pantries along with the days/times of when they accept donations. The directory is available for download at

• The Farmers Bank Summer Produce Donation Program: The Farmers Bank branches in Noblesville and Sheridan will accept produce donations from the public this summer which will be given to local food pantries. From now until the end of September, the public is invited to drop off produce donations to the Sheridan branch (987 South White Avenue ) on Mondays from 9am – 4:30pm or to the Noblesville branch (16940 Clover Road) on Wednesdays from 9am – 5pm.

Pesticide Clean Up

Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep Project Dates Announced An Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep Project designed to collect and dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.) is being sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC).

This disposal service is free of charge up to 250 pounds per participant. Over 250 pounds there will be a $2.00 per pound charge. This is a great opportunity for you to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost.

The following drop-off locations will be accepting materials from 9:00am-3:00pm local time.

  • August 15, 2017: LaPorte County Fairgrounds in LaPorte, IN
  • August 16, 2017: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds in Lafayette, IN
  • August 17, 2017: Grant County Fairgrounds in Marion, IN
  • August 22, 2017: Franklin County Fairgrounds in Brookville, IN
  • August 23, 2017: Greene County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, IN
  • August 24, 2017: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, IN

Complete the Pesticide Clean Sweep Planning Form to the best of your ability. E-mail the completed form to Kevin Neal at this address or fax to 765-494-4331 no later than Monday, July 31, 2017.

Then bring your labeled, leak free and safe to transport containers to the collection site. DO NOT mix materials. In case of an emergency, you should bring with you a list of products you are carrying and a contact phone number.

NOTE: OISC reserves the right to cancel this Pesticide Clean Sweep Project if there is not adequate demand. Participants submitting the planning form by July 31, 2017, will be contacted immediately if cancellation is necessary.

2018 Membership News



Coming to a Mailbox Near You


Purdue Master Gardeners Seeking New Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteers tending a display bed at the 4-H Fairgrounds

Noblesville, IN (June 2, 2017) – Beginning August 14th, the Purdue Master Gardener Program intern training will be offered for residents of Hamilton County and surrounding areas.  “The purpose of the Master Gardener Program is to help others grow.  The members of the Hamilton County program are a vibrant and active group that annually donate over 10,000 volunteer hours on approved projects throughout the county.” said Diane Turner, Master Gardener Coordinator with Purdue Extension.

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Please check back in the Spring for our 2018 class dates

Training will be held from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings (one Saturday workshop is included) at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, Noblesville.  Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including understanding soil and basics of plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, using pesticides safely, and growing a healthy vegetable, flower, landscape, and/or fruit plants.

The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.  In turn, participants represent Purdue University as volunteers, sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.

Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $150.00 per participant. This expense fee covers such items as reference notebooks, mailings, and name badges.  These materials all become part of the participants personal collection.

While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed.  Some of these projects include helping with the annual plant sale, staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hands-on demonstration gardens.

The Purdue Master Gardener Program is an educational outreach of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.  If you’d like an application or have questions about the Purdue Master Gardener Program, please contact Purdue Extension Hamilton County at (317) 776-0854.  For more information about Purdue Extension in Hamilton County, visit

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