Upcoming programs

Spring Gardening Seminar

February 28, 2015 will mark the 5th year for the Spring Gardening Seminar. It will take place at Lincoln University's Carver Farm, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. We are no longer accepting applications for this event. Please call the office if you have questions regarding your application or need directions.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products. For producers whose license is expiring in 2015 or for those needing a license for the first time, a Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) sessions have been scheduled in Jefferson City..

Joni Harper, Extension agronomy specialist, will be conducting a class at the Cole County Extension Center in Jefferson City. The class is scheduled for Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 AM. The class will last approximately 2 hours..

There is a requirement that producers must have the M87 “Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual” in their possession for the class. Producers who have a copy of the manual can bring it to the class, and they will not need to purchase a new one.  Others will need to purchase the $12 manual at the class or prior to the class at the extension office.

Square Foot Gardening and Composting Class

Do you enjoy a fresh garden but you aren't a fan of all of the hard work? Have you tried container gardening or raised beds? How did that work for you? What about a Square Foot Garden, have you given that a thought or have you even heard about it? Learn how you can grow enough food in a 4' x 4' bed to feed a family of four. This class will be held on Saturday March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Then return to the Extension Center after you take an hour lunch break. You will learn about composting from 1 to 4 p.m. You will learn why you should compost, more about the different techniques, and you will learn types of compost and the different types of bins. The fee for the Square Foot Garden is $30 which includes a book that retails for $24.99. The Composting Class is $20 but take both classes and only pay $45 total. Spacing is limited to 20, check out this application and return it to our office with payment. 

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.

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 

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.

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. www.centralmissourimastergardeners.org or www.facebook.com/centralmissourimastergardenerplantsale 

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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