Organic Gardening Academy 2015

Classes in the 2015 Organic Gardening Academy series teach participants about all aspects of growing and caring for plants using a sustainable approach.  The sessions will be divided between classroom instruction and hands-on activities. This series of 12 classes was created by the University of Missouri Extension in Greene County to support growing local interest in organic gardening. There is a fee of $10 per class or $100 for the entire series. To register call 417-881-8909. Class details and OGA brochure and schedule (PDF)

Order our "Seasonal and Simple" cookbook

"Seasonal and Simple" is a guide to help you select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. Place your order with the Greene County Extension Center while supplies last. Order form (PDF)

2nd Salute to Century Farms

Put on your jeans and boots and celebrate our agricultural heritage and honor three Century Farms in Greene County. The second annual “Salute to Century Farms” will be held at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek (built in 1880). Musical entertainment will be provided by Judy Domney, who plays traditional and agriculture related songs. Attendees will be treated to a full meal provided by Maggie Mae’s Catering from Miller and a live auction will also be conducted.  Order Tickets Online

Exploring 4-H at Botanical Center

University of Missouri Extension and Springfield-Greene County Parks staff are offering this opportunity for youth to explore a variety of 4-H projects and experiences as part of establishing an urban 4-H group in Greene County! For more information contact the Botanical Center at  417-891-1515 or This new program is open to children age: ?9 to 13. Activities begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Fee: ?$25 for 4H enrollment in 4-H.

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 "Soil Test Central."

How Are We Doing Financially?

Great Game of Business

LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).

KEEPING SCORE: See our weekly financial scorecard online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.

GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every Monday at 3:15 p.m. and our Council plays the game during regular council meetings each month. For more information contact David Burton.

How do I donate?

Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign

DONATE NOW: Use your credit card to make a donation to Greene County Extension. Donate to Greene County Extension

CURRENT DONORS: Our "Friends of Greene County Extension" are posted online: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF).

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

How do I volunteer?

Lots of Opportunities

These are 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)

Non-Profits Unite!

The Greene County Extension Council is proud to be a member of CARES Magazine and the local non-profit community. You can also register to volunteer with area non-profits on the CARES website.

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) 

100 Years of Extension

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

Employee Training 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

Any New and Local Publications?

Updated 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)

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 is available for purchase on Amazon.

Newswriting for Community Leaders

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

Media releases

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:

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

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



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