Salute to Century Farms & Silent Auction

An educational evening to honor additions to the Century Farms list in Greene County. Evening includes a meal, guest speaker and music from the Acoustic Essays. Held at the Round Barn event center between Willard and Ash Grove, 6 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday September 30, Fee: $25 per person. Event will also include a silent auctionRead More | Ticket order form | Order tickets online | Promotional Video | Listing of auction items

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Fall Garden Tour Sept. 20 (Benefits Extension)

The Springfield Watergarden Society and the Master Gardeners of Greene County will host a Fall Garden Tour from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. Eight gardens will be featured and one will be open for an additional two hours from 6 to 8 pm as a Tiki Tour Sampler. Tickets ($5 per person) can be purchased at Garden Adventures, Maschino’s, Schaffitzel’s Greenhouse and Wickman Gardens as well as the Hotline Room and Botanical Center Gift Shop at 2400 S. Scenic. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Greene County Extension. Event flyer PDF | Read more

30th Anniversary Dinner and Gardening Event Oct. 3

The Greene County Master Gardener chapter will celebrate its 30 year anniversary with a special event Friday, Oct. 3 in Springfield, Mo. There will be music, food from Chef Craig von Foerster in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden and a presentation on "Plant Collecting" by Dr. Todd Lasseigne, president and CEO of the Tulsa Botanical Garden. Seating is limited. Tickets available for $15 in the Hotline Room in the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. Read more | Information flyer (PDF)

Mental Health First Aid Training for Child Care Providers

University of Missouri Extension is offering a “Mental Health First Aid” series of trainings for child care providers of all types with programs on Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Once the four sessions are completed, the child care provider will become a certified mental health first aider. All sessions will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. The classes are geared toward childcare providers, day care owners, Head Start and foster parents as well as parents and those interested in youth. Read More | Enrollment Form | Enroll with credit card

Non-Profit Communication Presentation at Drury

Council members and the county program director for Greene County Extension will be giving a presentation at the 2014 Drury University Nonprofit conference on October 16. The presentation is entitled: "Using Partnerships, Volunteers and Planning to Bring an Organization Back from Near Extinction." Attendees will learn how to develop an organizational business plan, how to find mutually beneficial community partners and how to enable good volunteers to become super volunteers. Handouts for the presentation are available for download here: Business Plan | Fundraising Publication | Reaching Out Report | Successful recruitment of volunteers | PowerPoint Presentation

New Expert Guide

Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)

Employee Training and Professional Development Programs 

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | VideoSee Course List

Missouri Directory of One-Room Schools

A publication entitled, "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" will be published during the summer of 2014. The first edition (written by David Burton of MU Extension and Jennifer Kervian of Joplin) will include details on about 50 schools in Missouri. Owners or groups who want to add their school to the directory can do so using this form. If you wish to receive notification when the first edition of this publication is available please email send your name and address.

Volunteer / Internship Opportunities

These are unpaid internship and volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful  opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Read more | Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)

100 Years of Extension, Let's Celebrate

University of Missouri Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We need a volunteer or intern to help complete the Extension history by researching council minutes (1964 to present) and calling past Greene County Extension employees. History in Greene County: Early History Notes (PDF)The Saga of C.C. Keller (PDF) | Statewide information |  Volunteer to finish our History

Organic Gardening Academy

A total of 11 classes will be taught by University of Missouri Extension specialists this gardening season as part of a new “Organic Gardening Academy.” Each of the classes will begin at 6 p.m. and be offered at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. Class cost $20 each and pre-registration is required by calling (417) 881-8909. Read more | Schedule

Help with your lawn and garden

Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling 417-881-8909. Read more.

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see our "Soil Test Central" page. Soil test gift certificates are available and make a great gift for any gardener or environmentally conscious person.

Using social media in disaster recovery

An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. These guidelines come from the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton who built Facebook communities following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornadoes. This guide is now recommended by FEMA and available for purchase on Amazon

Serve on a Council Committee

The Greene County Extension Council is opening its council committees up to members of the public and inviting county residents to volunteer for service. Learn more | Current list of committee membership (PDF)

Greene County Extension Brochure

This tri-fold brochure offers a general overview of the programs and staff accessible through the MU Extension office in Greene County. The brochure was created by Spring 2014 intern Vicke H. Kepling. Greene County Extension Brochure (PDF)

No Other County Office

The local Greene County Extension Council leads an office and program that is part of county government. In fact, the local MU Extension office offers some unique services in Greene County. Learn more

Friends of Greene County Extension

The 2014 "Friends of Greene County Extension" Campaign is underway. Here is the 2014 letter requesting donations and our 2014 donation brochure.

LEARN MORE: A "Friends" program has been launched to generate support for Greene County Extension -- Giving Financially.

DONATE ONLINE: Use your credit card to make a donation to the Greene County Extension Gift Fund online.

CURRENT DONORS: Our official listing of "Friends of Greene County Extension" is posted: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF)

TESTIMONIALS: We are receiving testimonials from individuals in the county regarding the impact extension has made in their life. Testimonials from the last few years can be viewed online here

DONATE AN OLD CAR: To donate vehicles to the Greene County Extension Council, contact the local office. Read more

Greene County Extension Publications

Learn the details about Greene County Extension making some of its most frequently requested program publications available for download and sale online.

Newswriting for Community Leaders

"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers wiht media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.

Community Discussion About Fireworks

Does your community want to discuss the sensitive issue of fireworks and how to develop community policies regarding the sale and use of fireworks? It is a sensitive topic but Greene County Extension has a discussion guide that was developed in 2005 for that reason. This guide has helped numerous communities decide how to best deal with fireworks. Discussion Guide Reseach-Total Package (PDF) | Tri-fold Community Discussion Guide (PDF)

Media releases and Contacts

PAST MEDIA RELEASES: Southwest Missouri News provides timely articles from the past 90 days about MU Extension programs in the region and informational articles from specialists located in southwest Missouri. The same information is also shared on the Southwest Region News Blog.

MEDIA CONTACT LIST: A complete list of MU Extension specialists in southwest Missouri has been complied for use by members of the news media. Give one of our specialists a call when you are working on a news story.  Specialists Can Answer Media Questions (PDF)

WEEKLY NEWS SERVICE: Subscribe to our weekly emails and receive articles about area MU Extension programs and information from regional specialists.

Thank our corporate sponsors

Contributions from these businesses and organizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during 2013. Learn more about our corporate sponsorship program at Corporate Sponsorships. Our current sponsors include:

Sanford, Lea & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220,

Master Gardeners of Greene County:

Meyer Communications, KWTO 560 AM / KTXR 101.3 FM: (417) 862-3751,

American Business Systems, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 866-5083,

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,



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