Understanding the Soil on Your Farm

Soil is the foundation of every farm, both large and small, and it largely determines how productive an acreage can be. While soil is the base of the farm, it is very complex and always changing. This meeting is designed to help individuals understand the basics of soil. In this course we will discuss the different physical, chemical, and biological components of soils in our area. Participants will learn how to evaluate their own soils and determine the productivity and limitations of their soils through hands on exercises. The meeting will be held Thursday, July 31 at KCB Bank in Kearney, and will start at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is required to accurately provide training materials for the event. A $50 fee is required to cover the expenses of the class. Pre-registration deadline is July 25. Reservations may be made by calling 816-776-6961. For more information, contact Wyatt Miller at 816-776-6961, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension, or millerww@missouri.edu.

 "Healthy Food Demonstrations and Tastings all Summer!

 If you need new, simple and delicious recipes to enjoy summer produce, look for University of Missouri Extension at a Farmers’ Market near you!   University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension employees and volunteers will be at many metro area markets with cooking demonstrations and tastings.  Recipes and consumer resources about produce selection, storage, and preparation are also available.  Click here for a summer calendar.  In addition, we’ll be at the City Market  Farm to Table kitchen and inside the Jackson County Extension office in River Market the first and third Saturdays of every month until October 4th!  For more information contact Angie Lanigan, Nutrition and Health Specialist at lanigana@missouri.edu, Crystal Weber, Community Development Specialist at webercd@missouri.edu,  or Rachel Gordon, Family Nutrition Education Program Project Director at gordonra@missouri.edu

Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting our plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Feed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas. This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information. It would make a great gift for someone who gardens. Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928.

Business Classes Available

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. Information Flyer  For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate, zarater@missouri.edu or (816) 407-3496.

Quality for Keeps:  Food Preservation

A series of workshops focusing on topics regarding food preservation safety and quality, canning, freezing, and dehydration.  FLYER.  For additional information contact: Angie Lanigan at lanigana@missour.edu.  (816) 462-5850.

Northland Grandfamilies

 Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18. 

Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation.  If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.   View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Master Gardeners are "IN" 9-Noon Monday thru Friday. The public is asked to leave a message so a Master Gardener can return the call if your call is not answered either during office hours or after. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or you can email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com