Welcome to Ste. Genevieve County Extension


Current Newsletters

  • The September issue of The Garden Spade (PDF) newsletter is now online. Articles include: PawPaws, Worn Out Garden?, Grandmother's Garden, Coral Bells, Amazing Marigolds, Winter Cover Crops, Dividing Iris, Keys to a Good Sample or Picture, September Gardening Calendar, and Upcoming Events.

Upcoming events


September 6 - Landscaping with Natives and Pollinators in Mind, Madison County Extension Center, 6:30 pm, call 573-686-8064 to register.

September 10 - 17 - SEMO District Fair, Area Park, Cape Girardeau

September 13 - Fruit Production, 6 pm, Shawnee Park Center, Cape Girardeau

September 15 and 16 - Intensive Grazing School, $130 per person, North College Center, Mineral Area College.  Brochure (PDF)

September 20 - Master Gardener Core Training begins in Jackson at the Cape Co. Extension office, 9 to noon, call Donna Aufdenberg at 573-238-2420 for more information.

September 23 - 24 - East Perry Fair, Altenburg

September 26 - Free Child Care provider training class "Making the ABCs and 123s More Active", 6 - 8 pm at 255 Market Street, Ste. Genevieve Extension Office. 

September 27 - Getting the Garden Ready for Winter, 6 pm, Shawnee Park Center, Cape Girardeau


October 5 - Identity Theft & Consumer Protection, 11:30 a.m., Park Hills Career Center, 403 Parkway Drive, Suite A, Park Hills.  Flyer (PDF).  FREE workshop!


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


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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

Garden Walk — May, the weekend after Mother's Day
Ste. Genevieve County Fair — second full weekend in July
4-H Chicken Fry — July, Thursday night of County Fair week, at the VFW Hall
Rural Heritage Day — last Saturday in October

Fun Facts

  • On Oct. 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 reached all the way to Kansas!
  • 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.
  • This is the 200th anniversary year for our farmer's market!  The first farmers market in 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.
  • The City of Ste. Genevieve is the oldest city west of the Mississippi River.  The founding date is generally listed as 1735, though some sources date it back as far as 1720.
  • 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.