"Food Preservation Camp" June 15
This year we are hosting a "Food Preservation Camp" on June 15. Attendees will be able to learn about five different types of food preservation. Lunch will be served. For more information and enrollment: New Option - Online Enrollment with Credit Card | Printable Form to Register by mail and pay by check (PDF)
GUAGES CHECKED: Do you need a pressure canner gauge tested to be ready for home canning? See this story to learn where to take your gauge.
CANNING BOOKS: Unique food preservation books are available at Greene County Extension Center. Read more.
"Dinner in the Orchard" Extension Benefit
Don't miss this special event on June 14 at Sunshine Valley Farm Café in Rogersville. All ticket sales will benefit Greene County Extension. Dinner includes appetizers and a complete meal featuring locally produced and grown foods. Local Extension specialists and staff will serve attendees. Tickets are $50 per person but are limited to 40 people. Read more.
Event details /order form (check) | Online ticket order form (credit card)
Donate Your Vehicle to Greene County Extension
You can now donate your vehicle (working or non-working car or truck) as well as old farm equipment to benefit Greene County Extension. The local council has selected AutoWranglers for this project and you can use an online form to get an estimate and make arrangments for free pickup (on your schedule). For more details see our special page for this donation opportunity.
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.
Garden Inspired Writing Retreat
Experience nature and be inspired by the beauty of the gardens. Let MU Extension Specialist David Burton, a journalists and published author, guide your journey into the natural world with creative writing exercises and walks in the gardens. This retreat is for anyone who wants to be more creative whether you like journal writing, poetry, fiction, non-fiction or news writing. No prior writing experience is needed. Bring a lawn chair and your own writing tools. Attend one session, or all four. Sessions begin in the atrium of Botanical Center.
Age: All ages
Date: Thurs. Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $20 per person, per session
Searching for Greene County 4-H Alumni
If you are a past member or volunteer with Greene County 4-H, we want to hear from you and know how to contact you. In exchange for sharing your contact information, we will keep you updated on exciting events and news impacting 4-H locally. Share your contact information
Using Social Media in a Disaster
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. The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery (PDF)
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.
Clearance Sale on Other Books of Interest
Discounted and available at the Greene County Extension office while supplies last: Weeds of North America - $10; History of One-Room Schools in Greene County - $20; Seasonal and Simple cookbook for garden vegetables - $15; and a fill-in book for family or personal history called, A History of Me - $10.
Community Benefit of Extension
What impact does Extension make on Greene County? What types of general programs are available? This document attempts to answer those questions in a concise manner. Community Benefits of Greene County Extension (PDF)
Purchase Event Tickets Online
For selected Greene County Extension events and programs you can now purchase tickets online. See a list of upcoming programs where a credit card can be used via this website only.
100 Years of Extension
Next year (2014) will mark the 100th Anniversary of Extension in Missouri. If you have a story about how Extension helped your family, a favorite memory related to an Extension event, an historical example of what Extension provided or did in the county, or if you used to work for Extension, we invite you to submit a letter providing details for use in an anniversary publication. The letter can be mailed or sent by email.
Friends of Greene County Extension
A "Friends" program has been launched to generate long-term support for Greene County Extension. See Giving Financially. The Greene County Commission has endorsed this effort: Commissioner's Letter (PDF). Our official listing of "Friends of Greene County Extension" is posted: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF).
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 & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 886-2220, www.adifferentcpa.com
Master Gardeners of Greene County: http://www.mggreene.org
Meyer Communications, KWTO 560 AM / KTXR 101.3 FM: (417) 862-3751, www.radiospringfield.com
American Business Systems, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 866-5083, http://www.ambussys.com
Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.
Council Business Plan
Members of the Greene County Extension Council have written and approved the first council business plan in the state of Missouri. This document guides future business operations of the council. Greene County Extension Council Business Plan (PDF)
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 from Extension
Subscribe to our weekly emails and receive articles about area MU Extension programs and information from regional specialists.
A summary of MU Extension programs available in Greene and surrounding counties. A great resource for groups needing trainers. Extension Course Catalog.
Testimonials in Support of Extension
We are receiving testimonials from individuals in the county regarding the impact Extension has made in their life. We have a letter from the Southwest Water Soil and Conservation District, essays from three senior members of 4-H and more online here. You can also submit your own testimonial about how Greene County Extension programs have impacted your life.