Upcoming programs

Selling to the Government: Key Steps and Resources

In 2013 Cole County businesses obtained $2.9 million worth of government contracts. This isn't a fluke. During the same year, Callaway County businesses exceeded $5 million. Government contracting is one of many strategies to grow a business. Don't think it applies to you? It can, after all, what doesn't the government buy? Check out our flyer to find out more. | Key Steps flyer (PDF)

Join us for this free seminar on Tuesday, July 29 at the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce but registration is required. Call today to register at 573-634-2824 or by email at ColeCo@missouri.edu

Food Preservation

Lynda Zimmerman, nutrition &  health education specialist for Cole County, will be offering 5 workshops this summer. Registration will be through the Cole County Extension Center but all classes will be held at Lincoln University's Commercial Kitchen at 900 Leslie Blvd.

Session 1: Tuesday, June 10 - Freezing and Drying
Session 2: Monday, June 23 - Jams and Jellies/Water Bath Canning
Session 3: Tuesday, July 8 - Pressure Canning
Session 4: Tuesday, August 5 - Salsa and Fruits/Water Bath Canning
Session 5: Monday, August 11 - Pickling/Water Bath Canning

The fee is $15 per session or $60 for all 5.Register now to reserve your spot - seats are limited and the sessions will fill quickly.| Food Preservation Application (PDF)

Square Foot Gardening

What is Square Foot Gardening? It is a uniquely simplified method of gardening that produces 100% of the harvest, in only 20% of the space – AND – without all the hard work and drudgery of single row gardening.

The Square Foot Gardening Class will be taught at the Cole County Extension Center, Saturday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Thee fee for this class is $30 and it includes a book the retails at $24.99, couples can take the class together, share the book and materials and pay $50, saving $10.

Call the office at 573-634-2824 or email Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu to register and for more information.

Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program has been going strong in Cole County since 1993 and is still growing. This program has been taught almost every year (sometimes twice in a year), with hundreds of residents from Cole and surrounding counties completing the program. Currently 161 Master Gardeners actively participate, including two graduates from the very first class from 1993. This program is more than a series of classes. It is a chance to learn and interact with other gardeners. You will have an opportunity to work side-by-side with others sharing your intersts in projects and events supporting the community. Learning continues beyond the class room.

The Master Gardener Program will be offered in Jefferson City at the Cole County Extension Center on Monday evenings, 6-9 p.m. from August 18 through November 17 (no class on Labor Day). The fee for the course is $135 and your promise to donate 30 hours of volunteer service before November 30, 2015.

This program is sponsored by the Cole County Extension Center and will be taught by area Extension specialists, trained Master Gardeners and instructors from the University of Missouri and Lincoln University.

Topics include:

  • Soils
  • Plant growth
  • Fruits
  • Herbaceous ornamentals
  • Insects
  • Propagation
  • Vegetables
  • Woody ornamentals
  • Lawns and turf
  • Plant disease
  • Composting

Contact Jane Kempker at the Cole County Extension Center for more information and to learn how to get signed up. Your payment will reserve you spot but spacing is limited. The office number is 573-634-2824 or email at kempkerj@missouri.edu 

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. This will mark the 38th year for the Fall Festival in Cole County. The Extension Council is looking forward to another successful year with more than 150 vendors from Missouri and surrounding states selling their crafts at this one-day only event. Check out the flyer or call the office at 573-634-2824 or email Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu for more information. | 2014 Fall Festival Flyer (PDF)

Attn Vendors: Applications were mailed out to interested vendors at the end of April. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are sold or sometime in August. 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 

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 begins 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.

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes is a 4-week program that provides practical, up-to-date information needed to manage or prevent diabetes and promote Good health. Sign up for this series to learn the most up-to-date recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, learn how to plan and prepare meals that are tasty, nutritious and easy to make.

The program will be held Monday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Cole County Extension Center. The fee for the program is $30/person or $50/couple who are willing to share materials. Registration is required by September 1.

Please direct further questions to Lynda Zimmerman at ZimmermanL@missouri.edu or by calling 573-634-2824. EWBW flyer (PDF)

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is a 10-session series geared towards adults 50 and older, but to be honest, any adult can participate. Come to the Cole County Extension Center and lift weights to strengthen your muscles, to become more flexible, gain balance, increase your energy, manage aches and pains plus so much more.

Sign up today for this program. It will be offered at the Cole County Extension Center on Friday mornings starting Sep. 5 and will end on Nov. 7. The basic class (for those that haven't been through the program before) will be from 10 - 11 a.m. and advance class will be from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., the fee for both is $30/person. Registration is required a week prior to the program start date.

Please direct further questions to Lynda Zimmerman at ZimmermanL@missouri.edu or by calling 573-634-2824. Please complete the registration form | SSSH flyer (PDF)

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. 

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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