Welcom to Ste. Genevieve County


Happy Anniversary Extension!

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which created Cooperative Extension, the forerunner of modern-day MU Extension. Watch our webpage for anniversary events taking place this year.

Upcoming Events

April 28--Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Ste. Genevieve County Extension Office Patke Room, 6-9 pm.  Cost is $12 for pesticide manual unless you bring one with you.  RSVP to 573-883-3548

April 29--Hands-on Vegetable Grafting Workshop, Mineral Area College Greenhouse, 6-8 pm.  Cost is $20, must RSVP 573-883-3548 to insure a spot.

May 17-18--Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk and Plant Sale, Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, Saturday 10-4 Sunday 11-4, Tickets $7


HEROIN: WHAT IS IT TODAY?  Video of the presentation at the Ste. Genevieve Women's Health Fair by Tara Roberts and Tish Johnson

QUALITY FOR KEEPS NEWSLETTER:  The April issue of QFK is now available. 

GARDEN SPADE NEWSLETTER:  The April issue of The Garden Spade newsletter is now online.


LOOKING FOR NON-CREDIT, ONLINE COURSES THAT YOU CAN TAKE AT YOUR OWN PACE?  Visit our Courses Store:  https://extweb.missouri.edu/courses/


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Also check out the schedule of area programs, to the right

MEDICATION TAKE-BACK events are held by the Ste. Genevieve Community Services Forum.  The events are now quarterly; there is a secure drop-box available 24 hrs. in the lobby of the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Department on Basler Drive.  

YOUNG MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUP, a long-standing initiative of Ste. Genevieve County's community coalition, is currently being hosted by the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department.  Contact Kay Kertz at the Health Department for more information, 883-7411.

"MISSOURI'S CENTURY FARMS" BOOK AVAILABLE:  In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the Missouri Century Farm program, the University of Missouri and Missouri Farm Bureau Federation have sponsored a new book, "Missouri’s Historic Farms, Celebrating Our Award-Winning Century Farms."  To get your copy visit the Acclaim Press web site or call (877) 427-2665.  Cost is $49.95.


Missouri Department of Conservation books are available to purchase in the office! 


Flood and Severe Weather Resources

MU Extension flood resources page, includes information for flooded basements, flooded cropland, dealing with propane tanks, sandbagging, and more.
MU Extension guidesheets for dealing with severe storms, such as generator safety, controlling snakes, first-aid for storm-damaged trees, and more.
River stage at Chester IL, National Weather Service

Annual events

King's Ball -- First Saturday in February at the VFW Hall
Garden Walk -- Weekend after Mother's Day.  Also Bolduc House herb and plant sale.
French Festival -- second full weekend in June; also antique show and sale
4-H Achievement Night --   Contact the Extension office for date and time, 573-883-3548
4-H Chicken Fry --  Thursday night of County Fair week at the VFW Hall
Ste. Genevieve County Fair -- second full weekend in July; also Civil War encampment
Jour de Fete -- second full weekend in August
Muny Band Concerts -- Thursday evenings from June to mid-August at the Valle School desert (parking lot)
Rural Heritage Day -- last Saturday in October
Promenade des Arts -- second full weekend in October
Christmas Walk -- first full weekend in December
Fourth Friday Art Walk—studios and galleries are open every fourth Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the downtown historic district.


Fun Facts

  • The Ste. Genevieve County Extension office is less than 1% of the County budget.  County funds pay for our secretary, local travel, and office supplies.  The University of Missouri supplies the faculty, computers and network, publications, and more.  For every $1 contributed by the County to the Extension office the University contributes over $4 in faculty and resources to benefit the people of Ste. Genevieve County.
  • On October 1, 2012, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Missouri Territory.  Ste. Genevieve County was one of the original five counties -- though at that time it's western border reach all the way to Kansas.  The community itself is 275 years old.
  • That funny looking chunk out of the SE corner of the county map?  That's 14,000 acres of the State of Illinois, left on this side of the river after the Mississippi changed course.
  • The first farmers market in Ste. Genevieve did began in 1814 on the SE corner of the public square.  It moved to Second and Washington in 1851, to Third and Washington in 1989, and to its current location at the Knights of Columbus in 2011 (thank you to Bob Mueller for this info).
  • The Ste. Genevieve County Extension office opened around 1933, part of the University of Missouri's response to the Great Depression.
  • The first brewery in Ste. Genevieve was established in 1780.
  • Ste. Genevieve County may be known for it's high-quality lime, but did you know we used to produce marble?  Ste. Genevieve marble was used on Lincoln's tomb, the St. Louis Cathedral, the Missouri State Capitol, the Library of Congress, the National Art Gallery, and the National Archives, housing the originals of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.