Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Master Gardeners of Greene County hotline at 417-874-2963.

Planting Guide: Vegetable Planting Calendar.

Do not waste money on your lawn, garden or field. See "Soil Test Central."

MU Chancellor Presentation May 3

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright will present "Missouri: Building the Engaged University of the Future" at the Greene County Extension office inside the Springfield Botanical Center starting at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 3. This town hall event will also be live streaming online but attendance in person is encouraged. For More Information

Tiger Scholarship Ball May 3

The annual MU Tiger Scholarship Ball is May 3 at the OASIS Convention Center in Springfield. An evening of fun, food and a fundraising auction. Come join us. Ticket Information

EXCEL Class 2 for Leadership Growth!

Planning is underway for the EXCEL Class 2 (our leadership development program) in western Greene County (Ash Grove, Willard and Republic) that begins with an orientation in August. Sign-up to learn more about this leadership development program for residents of western Greene County. Brochure outlining schedule for 2018-2019 (PDF) | EXCEL website

Sponsors and Scholarships Needed (for EXCEL)

Learn how your business or organization and send a participant to EXCEL or provide a community scholarship. Sponsor Letter (PDF) 

Garden Work Day in Ash Grove (EXCEL project)

Public flower beds at the park, downtown, and welcome signs will get some attention on May 19. To participate in this community effort email Katie at

Local Foods Workshop April 26

"Local Food Workshop - Specialty Crop Block Grant-Writing to Enhance Scaling Up of Production." Learn 10 keys to scaling up production and gain firsthand knowledge of how to write a grant to potentially fund your project. Registration includes a light lunch and materials. Must RSVP by April 23, 2018.  | Online Registration Here

Making Videos on a Phone May 19 in Springfield

Free hands-on program from MU Extension and the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Will take place from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. on May 19 at The Library Station on North Kansas Expressway. Seating is limited to 35 people. See the registration link for more information. | Register online

Ash Grove Betterment Night July 19

Be part of the first "Ash Grove Betterment Night" from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 19 at the Ash Grove Sunshine Center. Evening includes various speakers highlighting issues relevant to the quality of life in Ash Grove. Dinner available and all proceeds benefit the Sunshine Center. | Informational Flyer (PDF) | Register by calling (417) 881-8909 or online here.

Tomato Expo July 24

Tomatoes are a homegrown favorite in the Ozarks and so is this annual event. This year's Tomato Expo on July 24 has a theme of: Grow, Taste, Buy, Learn. We have afternoon sessions free and fee-based programs that cover various aspects related to tomatoes. Starting at 4 p.m. we will have a vendors market open and in the evening our educational session ($10 per person) will address growing and using tomatoes as well as a taste-testing of 10 different heirloom varieties of tomatoes. Information Flyer (PDF) | Register online for educational session 

Learn to do Home Food Preservation

Home food preservation classes are being offered online with a local hands-on event help June 6 and/or Aug. 9. Register at under the “online courses” tab. Food Preservation flyer (PDF) | Online registration.

Garlic Workshop Sept. 21

Learn to grow garlic for profit and taste some unique varieties at this year's annual Garlic Workshop. Information flyer (PDF) | Register online

Order New Book on Missouri Historic Schools

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is now available for purchase on or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri and was recently named the "Bound Book of the Year" by the North Central Region of the North American County Agriculture Extension Agents. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. Order link

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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 | VideoProgram Brochure (PDF)

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