Upcoming programs

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Preserving the Harvest Food Preservation Series

Plan to attend this workshop series to learn the latest and safest ways to preserve foods. Sign up for single sessions or all six! Each session will include: Detailed research-based information, recipes for you to take home, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on practice of the preservation method, and time for answering your questions.

SESSION 5: Tuesday, Aug 4 Pickling / Water Bath Canning
SESSION 6: Monday, August 10 Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables

Classes will be held at Lincoln University Commercial Kitchen, 900 Leslie Blvd. (Lorenzo J. Greene Hall) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The fee for the programs are$15 per session or $75 for all 6 sessions. Deadline to register is one week before each session. Class size is limited—register early!

For more information contact: Lynda Zimmerman, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, zimmermanl@missouri.edu or 573-634-2824

Become a Master Gardener!

The Central Missouri Master Gardener Program is now enrolling students in the new Fall 2015 class. Classes will be taught at the Cole County Extension Center every Monday evening, 6 - 9 p.m., from August 17 through November 16, 2015 (with the exception of Labor Day). Classes will be taught by Trained Master Gardeners, Extension Specialists and instructors from the University of Missouri.

Topics include: • Soils • Plant growth • Fruits • Herbaceous ornamentals • Insects • Propagation • Vegetables • Woody ornamentals • Lawns • Landscaping • Plant disease 

The entry fee for the course: $135.00 and your promise to donate 30 hours of volunteer service, before November 30, 2016. This is not a college credit course and only two classes may be missed in order to graduate. The class size is limited to the first 35, so it is very important that you register as soon as possible. Once classes begin, registration is closed. Contact the Cole County Extension Center for an application and more information. The office is located at 2436 Tanner Bridge Road; Jefferson City, MO 65101. Or call the office at 573-634-2824 or email coleco@missouri.edu 

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. Check out this flyer 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 on the fourth Tuesday 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 July 2015 or watch for emails.

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