Hootenanny Time at the Urban Farm

6th Annual CCUA Harvest HootenannyOur friends at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture are having their annual fundraising party and meal this weekend. It’s always a good time, so we highly suggest you stop by!

Saturday, September 12, 2015
3-8 p.m.
Urban Farm, 1209 Smith St.

Suggested donation of $10. Find out more.

Board of Directors Meeting for Tonight to Be Rescheduled

Garden leaders or other interested parties are welcome to attend our monthly board meetings, on the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbia Public Library.

That said, we just found out that the library is unexpectedly closed tonight, so we will be rescheduling the August meeting. If anyone out there was planning to come tonight, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Learn to Preserve Your Harvest

photo by Fir0002, Creative CommonsFood preservation season is approaching! Very Massey with MU Extension will be offering three classes covering a variety of food preservation methods. All will be held at the Boone County University Extension Center on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

  • July 1: Freezing & Drying Fruits and Vegetables
  • July 8: Water Bath Canning—Jams/Jellies, Fruits, Tomatoes, Salsas and Pickles
  • July 15: Pressure Canning Vegetables, Tomatoes and Soups

Use this form to enroll. The cost is $15 per session. Questions? Contact Vera Massey at MasseyV@missouri.edu.

Plant, Grow & Share

logo4_color_500_2The Community Garden Coalition is pleased to partner with Plant, Grow & Share. This project brings gardeners and hunger relief groups together to increase donations of fresh, garden grown produce to low income families. Gardeners and garden groups are encouraged to make a Produce Pledge and find detailed information via the project’s Google Map about agencies in Boone County that accept donations of fresh produce.

Plant, Grow & Share is a project of Grow Well Missouri which partners with the Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners to offer garden seeds, transplants, and educational materials to food pantry customers at the Central Pantry.

If you work at an agency that accepts fresh produce donations, please consider registering with the project to be listed on the map.

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World Refugee Day Event June 27

World Refugee Day ImageMark your calendar for June 27, 2015 and join Refugee and Immigration Services at 2601 W. Broadway, Broadway Christian Church, from 6 to 9 p.m. for a celebration like no other. Celebrate the courage and strength of millions of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict or violence.

At World Refugee Day, individuals, organizations and agencies will unite to celebrate culture and diversity in our community. There will be an international potluck, games, crafts, entertainment and the opportunity to meet people in the Columbia community and appreciate cultures from all over the world. Stop by to relax, make new connections and sample international cuisine.

The Broadway Christian Church garden hosts a large number of refugee and immigrant gardeners who are a vibrant part of the garden community there. The Community Garden Coalition is pleased to be able to help support this gardenm and we encourage community gardeners to visit this event and meet some fellow gardeners.

Questions? Send an email to worldrefugeedaycontact@gmail.com or call (630) 200-0258.

Edible Columbia Tour

Take a tour of urban Columbia gardens this Sunday! You’ll learn about organic growing techniques, composting, no-till or minimal-till cultivation, mulch, edible landscapes, urban farming, fruit trees and berries, urban chickens, rain gardens, raised beds and much more!

The Edible Columbia Garden Tour and Dinner is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31 and includes the Ash St. Community Garden, as well as other interesting stops, ending with a dinner at Centro Latino’s Comedor Popular.

Tickets (on a sliding scale) are available at the Peace Nook, 804-C E. Broadway, 573-875-0539. See more details here.

Warm Season Plants Friday and Saturday

tomato-Manjith KainickaraWarm season plants and sweet potato slips will be offered to gardeners from member gardens THIS WEEKEND!!

CGC will distribute tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), eggplant and sweet potato slips this weekend. We also still have lots of row cover available, and some hoops, for which we are asking 25¢/foot.

Come pick up some plants at the Claudell Lane Garden:
Friday, May 22 from 5-7:30 p.m. or
Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Payment is not required, but we encourage voluntary donations to help offset our costs and allow us to continue to serve even those who cannot afford to donate.