Meeting Highlights

Regional Management Intensive Grazing School

Stone County Grazing School will be held September 16, 17, and 18, 2015, at the Crane Christian Church, in Crane. This is a 3-day intensive grazing school beginning at 8:30 each day. Registration can be done by calling the Stone County Soil and Water office at 417-723-8389. Cost for this event is $125 per person and $100 for addition persons from the same operation (will receive only one set of materials). A minimum of 15 is needed to hold the school with a maximum of 40 participants. Attending the Management-Intensive Grazing School is required for some state cost share programs.

Registration forms and payment must be received no later than September 4, 2015. Registration fees will not be refunded after September 9, 2015.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Fall Garden Workshop

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks 2015 Fall Garden Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 71 Kimberling Boulevard, Kimberling City, MO. Topics of discussion will be: Shoulder Season Gardening by Oscar Cross - Hilltop Gardens; Edible Landscaping by Neal Bluel - Biology and Life Sciences Instructor, Monett High School; Shrubs for the Home Landscape by Robert Balek - Extension Horticulture Specialist; and Gardening for Healthy Eating by Monica Spittler - Community Health Educator for Stone County Health Department. Registration for this event will be $20, which will include breakfast items opening at 8:30 and a catered lunch at noon.

Vendors will be on site with gardening materials and plants. Please plan to come early so you will have time to browse and visit.

You may register online at  or you may register by sending a check to Stone County Extension Center, PO Box 345, Galena MO 65656. Registration deadline is September 28. If you have questions or need more information, please call the Stone County Extension Center 417-357-6812.

Master Gardener Training Classes

Stone and Christian Counties will be hosting Master Gardener Training classes October 5 thru November 16. Stone County classes will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Simmons Bank, 16407 MO-13, Branson West and Christian County classes will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Ozark Technical College - Richwood Valley Campus (Rm 118) in Ozark.

Orientation will be held on Monday, September 28, Stone County from 1:00 to 3:00 at Simmons Bank, Branson West and Christian County from 6:00 to 8:00 at OTC, Ozark. Attendance at the orientation is strongly recommended to understand the Master Gardener commitment and program.

Each person entering the program agrees to a time commitment to the Master Gardener Program. This consists of at least 30 hours of approved activities the first year and at least 20 hours each following year to maintain Master Gardener status. Following training, Master Gardener Interns are encouraged to join an existing Master Gardener group for organized education efforts.

Cost for the classes will be $150.00 per person for the full course including all materials; or $240.00 per couple from the same household (one set of materials shared).

Registration deadline is September 30 (so you can attend the orientation). For more information, please contact Stone County Extension Center at 417-357-6812 or Christian County Extension Center at 417-581-3558.

Kimberling Area Garden Programs

Garden programs are presented by Master Gardeners of the Ozarks at the Kimberling Area Library, 45 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City, MO. These classes are held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  All classes are free and open to the public as a part of community education sponsored jointly by Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, who volunteer with the University of Missouri Extension.

Sept. 9          What I Grow (Successfully) in the Ozarks with MG Jerry Rulon