Ozark Gateway Master Gardener Plant Sale set for May 4

The annual fundraiser will be held at Powers Museum, 1617 Oak Street, Carthage on Saturday, May 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Plants for sale will include heirloom vegetable and herb transplants, annual and perennial flowers, native plants, shrubs, trees, houseplants and succulents, as well as garden art, mason bee houses and other garden objects.

All funds raised by this event go to support public projects undertaken by the Master Gardeners, and educational events for students, gardeners, and the community at large. In addition to vegetables like cucumbers, eggplants, gourds, peppers (sweet, bell and hot), squash and zucchini, several heirloom tomatoes will be available. Varieties will include Amish Paste, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Big Rainbow, Box Car Willie, Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, Mortgage Lifter, Pink Bumble Bee, and more. Herbs such as basil, dill, parsley, and thyme will be on hand, as will flowering plants like four o’clocks, marigolds, moon flowers, passion flowers, and white and pink zinnias. Examples of trees for sale include lacebark elms, magnolias, redbuds, white oaks and willow oaks. And, if you’re interested in houseplants, air plants, spider plants, and angelwing begonias will be offered.

The Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners utilize the funds raised to benefit the local area. Some of their most recent projects include Crosslines Churches of Joplin Food Pantry Garden, Shoal Creek Conservation Center (formerly Wildcat Glades) Demonstration Garden, Carthage and Joplin Library Gardens, the Webb City Kids Garden and Webb City Farmers Market and Empire District kids activities.

Missouri Century Farm application available through May 15

Guidelines used for the selection and recognition of Missouri Century Farms:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2019.
  • The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
  • The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

More information can be found here

Missouri State Fair Farm Family

The Collard family (front row left to right) Doug, Wyatt, Morgan and Joy were honored as the 2018 State Fair Farm Family.

Also in the photo with the family are (left to right): Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau; State Fair Queen 2018 Samantha Nelson; State Fair Commissioners, Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard; Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Dept. of Agriculture; and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 490 people from 115 farm families.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. Families are selected by their county’s extension council and the local Farm Bureau.

The event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension.

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