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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

August 11, 2017

Upcoming MU Extension Programs Pack the Fall Calendar

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - 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.

"We set a goal this year to establish a new record in Greene County for total registrations in paid programs," said David Burton, county program director for MU Extension. "We met our goal by July with lots of programs left to go. We still offer lots of free and public service programs, and our nutrition program reaches over 30,000 county residents with free programs."

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


Our EXCCEL program develops leaders of people living in western Greene County. Participants in the program can build their resume and expand their personal network. The program is conducted in partnership with the Greene County Commonwealth. The enrollment deadline is Aug. 28 and packets are available online or at the local office.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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