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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Join Community Garden volunteers for a drop-in gardening Q&A at Clovers Natural Market on Chapel Hill. We’ll be there Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
You don’t have to register, but if you do (at 573-445-0990) Clovers is giving out a little gardening gift.
Stop by and test our knowledge with all your gardening questions.
Hey, did you know the City offers free composting workshops? Attendees can even get a free bin to get started immediately.
The first one of the year is coming up next week March 17, at 6 p.m. You can read about them in the middle of this page. And sign up with this form. Workshops are scheduled every month through November.
GetAbout Columbia, in partnership with Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Community Garden Coalition, is offering a free community gardens walking tour.
Join us Monday, September 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for a look at three diverse community gardening projects in south central Columbia.
The garden tour will include the Congregation Beth Shalom Interfaith Garden, Rock Bridge Christian Church Garden, two giving gardens that are part of the Community Garden Coalition, and Stormy’s Meadow, a native wildflower and stormwater education site, which just became one of our newest member gardens. Guest presenters will focus on how these gardens foster community and help feed the hungry as well as discussing gardening tips and volunteer opportunities.
This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Meet at Congregation Beth Shalom, 500 W. Green Meadows Rd. The walking tour will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. For special accommodations, please contact Janet Godon at (573) 874-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s hard to believe it on this particular snowy February day, but the ground is often ready for certain seeds and plants here in Mid-Missouri as early as March.
Check out this updated chart for the the best dates to plant seeds or transplants of various vegetables in our area.
As you start planning your 2014 garden, keep in mind that Boone County is in USDA cold hardiness zone 6a and AHS heat zone 7. Read more about what zone ratings mean in our post from 2012 when the USDA released the latest cold hardiness ratings map.
Fall and winter are a good time to make plans for improvements to your garden next year, like for instance improving how you water the garden. This past year, one community garden, with funding help from the CGC, purchased and installed drip irrigation lines to improve the efficiency of their group-run garden. If you’ve ever considered this kind of water delivery, check out this how-to video they made.
Learn how to improve the compost at your community garden or start composting at your home. The City of Columbia is offering another composting workshop Saturday, July 13 at Capen Park.
If you’d like to learn about growing fruit at your home or community garden, don’t miss the next event in the free Urban Orchard series. The Mid-Summer Fruit Review is happening Wednesday, June 26 at 4 p.m, led and hosted by Jim Quinn from University Extension. A walk around Jim’s garden (at the corner of Broadway and Anderson) will feature fruit development or success with crop, disease symptoms and insect damage, control (or lack of) of diseases, etc. Berries from Jim’s garden will be featured in Jello, with some interesting flavor and berry combinations.
The event is free; just email Booneco@missouri.edu with how many people plan to attend.