Upcoming programs


Saturday May 3 Cole County 4-H Foundation will be holding their 10th annual 4-H BBQ. It will be at 3714 Cody Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109 (Tractor Supply) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3 for hot dog, hamburger or cheeseburger plate with chips or $10 for a pork steak dinner plate with potato salad and baked beans. There will also be two raffles at the event. A pistol will be raffled at 3 p.m. and a processed hog and freezer, plus much more. All funds from this event goes back to the Foundation to help with programming. Call the office for more questions. | BBQ Flyer (PDF)

Central Missouri Master Gardeners Plant Sale

The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Jefferson City Jaycees' Fairgrounds, 7 a.m. - noon, rain or shine. Don't miss this event. It is only held once a year and all of the plants are grown by Central Missouri Master Gardeners. The fairgrounds are located on Fairgrounds Road, not far from the Capital Mall in Jefferson City. | Plant Sale Flyer (PDF)

4-H Camp

This year, 4-H Camp will be held in Mexico, MO. You can find more infomation on it by clicking on the link for "4-H'. Camp is June 8 - 11 for kids ages 8 - 11 and June 11-14 for kids ages 12 - 14 and registration ends on April 25.

2014 Fall Festival

The Cole County Extension Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Applications will be mailed out to interested vendors at the end of April. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are sold or sometime in July. Only small home-based businesses are allowed. No store front businesses are accepted, and absolutely NO FOOD VENDORS where food can be consumed on the premises or samples given. Please direct further questions to Jane today at kempkerj@missouri.edu 

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.

Master Gardeners' 10th Anniversary Celebration... Celebrating 10 years of the Demonstration Gardens

The Central Missouri Master Gardeners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Demonstration Gardens in North Jefferson City. Programs listed below will be offered to the public. For more information, please contact Master Gardener Julie Long at jlong@ktis.net

More information is expected but save these dates:

  • Oct. 4: class on composting;
  • Oct 9: Sip and Stroll... an Evening in the Garden;
  • Oct 11: class on planting cool crops;
  • Oct. 18: class on how to build your own raised bed with drip irrigation.
  • Oct. 25: a festival with entertainment, vendors, food booths and more. 

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.

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.

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.

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