Spring Thaw Is Feb. 20

Announcing the Community Gardening Kick-Off for 2016:

spring planting starts soonSpring Thaw

February 20, 2016
in the afternoon, time TBA
at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash Street


Representatives from Columbia’s various community gardens will all be gathered in one place to get organized and sign up new gardeners. We’ll have some free seeds and a few refreshments. More details coming soon!

Free Gardening Forum

Alice LongfellowHere’s another great, free opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge in the off-season. The local Discovery Garden Club and the Columbia Public Library are sponsoring a forum with Alice Longfellow and Ann Wakeman.

Winter Garden Forum
Sunday, January 31 › 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

You’ll learn about mixing edible plants with ornamentals and about Missouri native wildflowers. Light refreshments served.

Act Fast: Master Gardener Class Registration Ends Jan. 19

If you’ve thought of becoming certified as a Master Gardener, now’s your chance to register for this spring’s sessions, but act quickly because they’d like all registrations in by Tuesday, January 19. Classes start Jan. 26 and go through April. Learn more at this link.
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Who are Master Gardeners? Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love to garden. They are members of the community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens & the environment.

You don’t need to know everything about gardening; this program is all about learning and then sharing your knowledge with others through volunteer service. Check it out!

Help Save a Unique Local Tomato Variety

Check out this great project from some local Mid-Missouri folks:

The Ivan Tomato Rescue CrewThe Ivan Tomato Rescue Project is dedicated to saving the Ivan Tomato, the healing power of gardening and preserving food diversity. The Ivan Tomato is a fantastic, resilient, delicious, high yield Missouri Heritage Heirloom Tomato that is on the brink of extinction. Our goal is to get the Ivan tomato back into the gardens, on the plates and into the marketplaces of our communities. Our campaign supports the power of gardening by dedicating 10% of proceeds to programs that incorporate Agricultural Therapy in the treatment of people with PTSD, including veterans returning from service.  Your help is appreciated. Check out our IndieGoGo.

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.