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Garden' N Grow - Classes Starting Soon! 

This is a 10 week program that begins at the end of May. It is a summer program for any youth age 9-13. 
In this program, youths learn not only vegetable gardening, but also "cultivate" other science, math, and language arts skills and have fun! The goals of the program are to experience the fun of gardening, to enjoy a feeling of success, and to have the satisfaction of sharing harvested food with others in need. Vegetables harvested from the gardens are for home use and donation to local food agencies.

This program is guided by adult volunteers from our Master Gardeners, development of the whole child is emphasized as well as team building as they garden with a partner. Adult leaders use cooperative teaching skills to educate youth about seeds, transplants, garden planning and design, site preparation, soils, plant growth and development, cost of production, garden pests, plant health care, human nutrition, food value, food needs in the local community, and horticultural career opportunities. Each adult volunteer is trained by University of Missouri Extension.

Applications are due 1 week before sessions being so that supplies can be obtained.

Contact the Buchanan County Extension Office: (816) 279-1691 to let us know if you are interested.

This program is funded by a grant: all supplies, equipment, and plants are provided along with a journal and a t-shirt.

Private Pesticide Applicators training

Individuals needing to obtain or renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification for the purchase of restricted use pesticides may come into the Buchanan County Extension office and watch a two-hour training video. The training is free of charge with the exception of purchasing the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Reference Manual at a cost of $12. Family members can share one manual. Call the Buchanan County Extension office, 816-279-1691, to schedule your certification or renewal.

Test your soil for better lawns and gardens

Avoid excessive fertilizer use, and guard against nutrient loss. A soil test shows exactly how much lime and fertilizer a lawn or garden needs. Science-based, reliable analysis and unbiased recommendations let you escape hit-or-miss gardening and lawn care. Contact the Buchanan County Extension office today to find out how to collect a sample to bring in for analysis. The analysis is done at the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory in Columbia at a cost of $16.

Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2018

The Missouri Cash Rental Rates for 2018 are available now at https://extension2.missouri.edu/G427 or view the PDF guide.

Missouri Cash Rent by County Estimates, Released August 2018 (PDF)

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