Each Saturday morning, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and community partners will be offering workshops for beginning gardeners at Parkade Center (the temporary home of the Farmers Market).* You can check out “Planning & Planting a Spring Garden” next Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m.
See details and a full list of workshops here.
*Please note the location has been updated from the original posting.
You are invited to a FREE fruit tree pruning workshop at Bethel Church Community Garden (201 E Old Plank Rd.) February 19 at 4 pm. Come learn from Jim Quinn, MU Extension horticulturist about how to get the most out of your fruit trees with pruning.
No RSVP or registration required. In case of bad weather, the back-up date is Feb 22.
Here’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.
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.
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!
Check out this great project from some local Mid-Missouri folks:
The 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.
Food 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.
The 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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