Upcoming programs


Join us at the Cole County Extension Center on May 2, 2015 to enjoy either a dinner plate with pork steak and potato salad/baked beans for $10 or a sandwich plate with cheeseburger, hamburger or hot dog and chips for $3. The funds from this event goes to the 4-H Foundation which helps supports the Cole County 4-H program. You will also have a chance to buy a raffle ticket and could win a pistol or a processed hog with a freezer plus much, much more. 4-H members will be on hand to show their demonstrations. Check out this flyer for more information or call us today.

Central MO Master Gardener Plant Sale

The Central MO Master Gardener plant sale will take place on May 2, 2015 at the Jefferson City Jaycees' Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Questions on the plant sale should be directed to Julie Long at 573-295-6263 or by email at jlong@ktis.net Also check out their website and Facebook page for more information or check out this flyerwww.centralmissourimastergardeners.org or

3-Gun Charity Shoot

We all have hobbies. Some like to sew, some like to garden and some like to shoot. On May 30, 2015 we can meet the needs of those that enjoy a little shooting competition. Out on the Temmen Farm in Wardsville MO there will be 4 divisions for anyone that wants to shoot. There is a fee but the proceeds goes to the 4-H Foundation which help supports the Cole County Extension 4-H Program. Please check out the attached application and direct further questions to Jerry Temmen at 573-659-1595.

Cole County Extension Fall Festival

Every year, on the Saturday after Labor Day, our extension council hosts an annual craft show at the Jefferson City Jaycees' Fairgrounds. In 2015 it will be held on Saturday, September 12. This one-day show is 39 years old and it is popular today as it was in 1976. Typically 160 vendors from Missouri and border states enter to sell their craft or small home-based products. Several vendors have attended this event for more than 20 years. Applications will be sent to interested vendors on April 30 for the September 12, 2015 Fall Festival. We expect the booths to sell out sometime in June. Please watch for more information or direct questions to Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu 

Stay up-to-date with Cole County

Please send an email to Jane Kempker, kempkerj@missouri.edu, to be added to a monthly email list. You will be the first to know what is happening with your local extension center in Cole County.

Ongoing Programs

Business programs for new businesses

Chris Thompson, Cole County business specialist, hosts classes, including Starting a Small Business: The First Steps and The Basics of Writing a Business Plan, for new businesses almost every month. Interested? Visit our Business programs page or email Chris at thompsoncv@missouri.edu.

Join 4-H

There are 16 active 4-H Clubs in Cole County, and you don't have to grow up on a farm to belong to 4-H. Currently, Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many choices to choose from, almost anyone can find something that they enjoy. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18. Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact Youth Specialist Jenny Flatt at flattj@missouri.edu for more information.

The new 4-H year began September 1. Contact the office for more information to see how you can get your child signed up or let us know if you are interested in volunteering as a project leader. Or check out a club near you at: http://extension.missouri.edu/cole/4hclubs.aspx 

Master Gardeners

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

Wanting to know more about the Master Gardener Program? Cole County Extension Center offers the Master Gardener Program every fall. Typically the classes begin in mid-August and will run 12 consecutive weeks on Monday nights from 6 - 9 p.m., the fee for this course is subject to change but it currently is $135 and 30 volunteer hours are required by November 30 of the following year. If you are interested, please contact Jane Kempker at kempkerj@missouri.edu to be placed on a mailing. Applications will be mailed out in June 2014.

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