Nutrition Education Farmers Market Volunteer Program

Are you interested in local foods? Helping others to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? If so, be part of a team of volunteers who provide fruits and vegetable demonstrations at urban farmers markets. This program, sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research Extension, partner with the local Beans & Greens program to encourage shoppers at farmers markets to try new fruits and vegetables and learn how to purchase, store and prepare the produce they can get there. Two trainings are being held May 5 and May 10 to acquaint volunteers with the program goals and procedures. Times are varied with markets every day of the week. A stipend is available for market time. Last year we provided demonstrations at 16 markets in Wyandotte, Jackson and Clay counties. Contact Karen Elliott at or (816) 482-5850.  FLYER    APPLICATION FORM

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. The 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. The Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session that is 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, or (816) 407-3496.

Eat Well, Be Well With Diabetes

A program designed for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes and their family members.  Class provides practical information and skills needed to self-manage diabetes and promote health.  Participants will learn about the basics of type 2 diabetes and blood sugar, how to understand food labels to make better dietary choices, and meal planning with carbohydrate counting. Cost: $30/person or $45/couple,

Location: UM Extension Office, 105 E.5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106, Schedule: Friday, April 23, May 7, 21 adn 28, 9:30-11:30am. Cost: $30/person or $45/couple.  For more information or to register, contact Angie Lanigan at or at 816-482-5850.

Location: Antioch Middle School, Rm 116, 2100 NEl 65th Street, Kansas City, MO  64118.  Schedule: Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 6-8pm. Registration for this session is handled through our partner; contact them via phone at (816) 413-5461.

Growing and Cooking Vegetables in Your Garden

Practical tips for growing vegetables you can plant in cool weather. Storage inforatmion and new ideas for preparation will also be shared. Class will include sampling of these vegetables. Cost: Each session is $10. Location: UM Extension Office, 105 E.5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106. To register contact Karen Elliott at or at 816-482-5850.

  • Thursday, April 10, 6-8 p.m. Growing, Storing and Preparing Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Thursday, May 8, 6-8 p.m. Growing, Storing and Preparing Green Beans

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: Karen Elliott at or Angie Lanigan at  (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