Truman's Spotlight

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Truman's Spotlight is a feature that celebrates innovative faculty and staff efforts and programming that are making a difference in communities and counties across Missouri.

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  1. Victory Over Virus garden sign

    Gardening for a greater tomorrow

    Shell Knob resident Twilia Harrison had an inspiration for a way to grow community after months of pandemic-related disruptions. She tapped Georgia Whitlock, vice chair of the MU Extension Council in Barry County. She, in turn, reached out to Barry County dairy specialist Reagan Bluel and horticulture specialist Robert Balek. In partnership with a local church’s community garden, they’ve launched the Victory Over the Virus gardening program. More than 40 people showed up for the first monthly meeting, eager to start or expand their own gardens and share tips with neighbors.

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  2. Sarah Geist

    Food tastings are on the menu in this elementary school nutrition class

    Nutrition program associate Sarah Geist has been working with Macon Elementary School to deliver nutrition classes to children. But the students don’t just learn about different foods. They also get to eat them and experience first-hand that healthy foods can taste great, too.

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  3. The CEC team in front of a community mural in Hannibal, MO

    Creating Entrepreneurial Communities: Promoting community revitalization through entrepreneurship

    Last September, more than 70 people gathered in Hannibal for the 2021 Creating Entrepreneurial Communities conference. Various speakers and key people in MU Extension came to talk about what it takes to bolster economic prosperity in Missouri's counties. Due to the success of this inaugural event, next year's conference is already in the works.

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  4. Jennifer Williams

    Food Truck Festival: Just one of the ways to nourish a county

    Jennifer Williams, county engagement specialist (CES) in community economic development, has been going above and beyond for MU Extension in Carter County. One of the most exciting things? Jennifer planned and put on the first annual Current River Food Truck Festival in Van Buren. That's not all she's done to nourish the county.

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