Univer­sity Of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion Pro­grams Pack Fall Cal­en­dar

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SPRING­FIELD — The fall cal­en­dar is fill­ing up with ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams be­ing of­fered in Greene County by Univer­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion spe­cial­ists. This list of pro­gram­ming is an in­di­ca­tion of ag­gres­sive ef­forts by lo­cal staff to pro­vid­ing lo­cal pro­gram­ming.

Up­com­ing fall pro­grams range from a new lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gram to the pop­u­lar gar­lic fes­ti­val and salute to Cen­tury Farms.

Gar­dener Field Day

Join the Univer­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion for a fun and ed­u­ca­tional gar­den­ing field day at the Botan­i­cal Cen­ter in Spring­field on Aug. 19. Master Gar­den­ers that at­tend will re­ceive five hours of ad­vanced train­ing.

Top­ics in­clude tips on grow­ing, dig­ging and di­vid­ing hostas, a tour of the Spring­field Botan­i­cal Gar­dens and but­ter­fly house, grow­ing black­ber­ries and na­tive but­ter­flies.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

So­lar Eclipse Party

On Mon­day, Aug. 21, a so­lar eclipse will be vis­i­ble in Mis­souri when the moon passes be­tween the earth and the sun.

In Mis­souri, the moon will be­gin its tran­sit across the sun shortly af­ter 11:30 a.m. To­tal­ity will oc­cur af­ter 1 p.m. There is a free watch­ing event planned at the Spring­field Botan­i­cal Cen­ter start­ing at 11 a.m. on

Aug. 21.

Grow­ing Lo­cal

Food Tour

Tour three gar­dens and fin­ish up at Mill­sap Farms as part of our first “Grow­ing Lo­cal Food” tour on Aug. 31. First tour stop be­gins at 4 p.m. at the Wes­ley United Methodist Church com­mu­nity gar­den and then moves to a home gar­den, fol­lowed by the com­mu­nity gar­dens at The Fair­banks and end­ing with a tour of Mill­sap Farms. Tick­ets for the Twi­light Gar­den Tour cost $10 per per­son. The pur­chase of pizza at Mill­sap Farms is op­tional. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

Fourth Gar­lic

Fes­ti­val

The fourth an­nual Gar­lic Fes­ti­val will be held Thurs­day, Sept. 7 at the Spring­field Botan­i­cal Cen­ter. This event in­cludes a pre­sen­ta­tion on gar­lic pro­duc­tion (choos­ing va­ri­eties, plant­ing, car­ing for, har­vest­ing and storage), a pre­sen­ta­tion on the health ben­e­fits of gar­lic, pre­sen­ta­tion on the per­for­mance of 32 gar­lic strains in south­west Mis­souri, gar­lic tast­ing, and sev­eral dif­fer­ent strains will be avail­able for sale in time for fall plant­ing. Pur­chase tick­ets on­line or at the of­fice.

Salute To Cen­tury

Farms

This an­nual event is Mon­day, Sept. 25 at the Round Barn Event Cen­ter near Ash Grove. New this year is a late-af­ter­noon free ed­u­ca­tional work­shop de­signed es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies that own a Cen­tury Farm. Cen­tury Farm own­ers can use this form to reg­is­ter and pay by check. Gen­eral pub­lic reg­is­tra­tion and ticket pur­chases for this event can be done on­line.

Fall Food Preser­va­tion Camp

Our an­nual fall food preser­va­tion camp will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 7 at the Botan­i­cal Cen­ter. Lind­sey Steven­son, a nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist with MU Ex­ten­sion, will cover food preser­va­tion by the fol­low­ing meth­ods: de­hy­dra­tion, freez­ing, pres­sure can­ning, and pick­ling. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired and can be done on­line.

Com­mis­sion

AG Tour

The se­cond an­nual Greene County Com­mis­sion Ag Tour is sched­uled for Oct. 27. This year’s tour will in­clude a visit to a live­stock op­er­a­tion, an or­chard, a farm to ta­ble res­tau­rant and a dairy op­er­a­tion all on the eastern side of Greene County.

More In­for­ma­tion

The Greene County Ex­ten­sion of­fice is lo­cated in­side the Spring­field-Greene County Botan­i­cal Cen­ter at 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Spring­field.

The Greene County MU Ex­ten­sion cen­ter, with over­sight by lo­cally elected and ap­pointed cit­i­zens, is your lo­cal link to prac­ti­cal ed­u­ca­tion on al­most any­thing. More in­for­ma­tion on this topic is avail­able on­line at ex­ten­sion.mis­souri.edu/ greene.

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