Upcoming programs

Quality for Keeps in Jefferson City

University of Missouri Extension, nutrition and health specialist, Lynda Zimmerman will be offering four programs on food preservation during the month of June. Participants will learn hands-on, the correct methods to preserve food.

The program will be held at Lincoln University Commercial Kitchen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the dates listed below. Also see the flyer | PDF

  • Session 1: June 4 - Water Bath Canning Sweet Spreads, making and preserving blueberry jam
  • Session 2: June 11 - Water Bath Canning, making and preserving mango salsa 
  • Session 3: June 18 - Pressure Canning, canning green beans
  • Session 4: June 25 - Freezing and Dehydrating, freezing sweet corn

Registration and payment is required at least one week prior to each session. The fee is $15 per session. Register by calling 573-634-2824, or submitted the attached form. The address and more information is on the flyer.

MU Extension in Cole County Fall Festival

The Cole County Extension Council hosts an annual Fall Festival. This event is held the Saturday after Labor Day at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Over 150 vendors will be selling crafts and direct sale items. The council prohibits food vendors and flea market type items. All items must be new or upscycled into something new. The Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fee is $3/person.

Vendor applications will be accepted until all spaces or sold to qualifying vendors. Keep in mind, this is a craft show for in-home businesses. Contact Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu with additional questions.

Rent the Extension Center Conference Room

Cole County Extension has a large conference room that is available for rental. Reservations are accepted based upon availability. Cole County Extension programs take priority. We do not rent on weekends and unable to book further than 3 months in advance. This rooms primary purpose is for education. Alcohol and parties are prohibited. More information can be found on the form or by contacting the extension center at 573-634-2824 or coleco@missouri.edu

Gardening Questions

Do you have a horticulture question that needs answering? We receive more than gardening questions. We also assist with insect questions, lawns, trees and fruit. Email us at coleco@missouri.edu to reach our Hotline. Send digital photos and questions. Someone will reply when they can with an answer or a suggestion.

If you are needing an answer now and can't wait for us to reply, please contact the Springfield MG Hotline at 417-874-2963 or greenemg@missouri.edu

Master Gardeners Meetings

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

Join 4-H

There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18.

The 4-H year begins October 1. Enrollment is open year-round; however, there are deadlines for being a member-in-good-standing to be eligible for awards, prizes, and fair participation.

Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at coleco@missouri.edu for more information.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers seeking a Private Pesticide Applicator Training need to call the Cole County Extension Center at 573-634-2824 to set up a time to watch a video. Walk-ins are not accepted. Depending on room availability, it can be scheduled on weekday mornings only. This program is free but the Private Applicator Manual (M87) is required. Manuals are available at the extension center.

To register, call 573-634-2824 or email coleco@missouri.edu 

Extension Council Meetings

Cole County Extension Council Meetings are open to all unless otherwise publish for a closed meeting. The council meets on the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at Cole County Extension Center. The annual dinner is in February, the location may change and a fee may be assessed for the meal. The September council meeting is held at the fairgrounds, to prepare for the Fall Festival. For more information, contact Cole County Extension at 573-634-2824.

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