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Central MO Master Gardener Plant Sale

May 4, 7 a.m. to noon, Master Gardeners will be selling a very large variety of plants at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Expect to see tomatoes, peppers, other vegetables, perennials, annuals, some trees and more. Plan on attending this one-day only event at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds.

ALL of the funds raised for this event will help support the Central MO Master Gardeners projects. Check out the flyer for more information. Remember, this happens only once a year. You won't want to miss it.

4-H Foundation and BBQ

The annual 4-H Foundation BBQ will take place May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Orscheln's Farm and Home Supply (2304 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City). You will want to attend if you want the BEST big, juicy BBQ pork steak in town for only $10. Hamburger, hot dogs and cheeseburgers are also available for just $5. Please help support the local 4-H Foundation . This event only happens once a year. and the funds raised will help support local 4-H programs and events. Check out the flyer for more information.

MU Extension in Cole County Fall Festival

The Cole County Extension Council hosts an annual Fall Festival. This event is held the Saturday after Labor Day at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Over 150 vendors will be selling crafts and direct sale items. The council prohibits food vendors and flea market type items. All items must be new or upscycled into something new. The Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fee is $3/person.

Vendor applications will be accepted on May 1 to qualifying vendors. Keep in mind, this is a craft show for in-home businesses. Contact Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu with additional questions.

Missouri Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

Applications are due by May 15, 2018. For more information, visit http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/apply.aspx 

Rent the Extension Center Conference Room

Cole County Extension has a large conference room that is available for rental. Reservations are accepted based upon availability. Cole County Extension programs take priority. We do not rent on weekends and unable to book further than 3 months in advance. This rooms primary purpose is for education. Alcohol and parties are prohibited. More information can be found on the form or by contacting the extension center at 573-634-2824 or coleco@missouri.edu

Gardening Questions

Do you have a horticulture question that needs answering? We receive more than gardening questions. We also assist with insect questions, lawns, trees and fruit. Email us at coleco@missouri.edu to reach our Hotline. Send digital photos and questions. Someone will reply when they can with an answer or a suggestion.

If you are needing an answer now and can't wait for us to reply, please contact the Springfield MG Hotline at 417-874-2963 or greenemg@missouri.edu

Master Gardeners Meetings

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.

Join 4-H

There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18.

The 4-H year begins October 1. Enrollment is open year-round; however, there are deadlines for being a member-in-good-standing to be eligible for awards, prizes, and fair participation.

Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at coleco@missouri.edu for more information.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers seeking a Private Pesticide Applicator Training need to call the Cole County Extension Center at 573-634-2824 to set up a time to watch a video. Walk-ins are not accepted. Depending on room availability, it can be scheduled on weekday mornings only. This program is free but the Private Applicator Manual (M87) is required. Manuals are available at the extension center.

To register, call 573-634-2824 or email coleco@missouri.edu 

Extension Council Meetings

Cole County Extension Council Meetings are open to all unless otherwise publish for a closed meeting. The council meets on the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at Cole County Extension Center. The annual dinner is in February, the location may change and a fee may be assessed for the meal. The September council meeting is a work part at the 4-H Food Stand inside of the Jefferson City Jaycees' Fairgrounds. The September meeting is brief so council members can prepare for the Fall Festival that follows two days later.This date might be on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, contact Cole County Extension.

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