Give Ozarks 2016
The Greene County Extension Council is participating in Give Ozarks on May 3. Learn & GIVE | Explanation Card | Prizes and Strategy
Organic Gardening Academy
Our 2016 Organic Gardening Academy will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. (This also happens to be National Public Garden Day). There will be three guest speakers (see their biographies) and tours of the botanical gardens. For more information on this program, including fees and registration, view the online brochure (PDF). | OGA Speaker Bios
Small Business Classes in Republic
Next Class: "Let's Put Our Cities #OnTheMap” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., May 2, at the Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey Ave., Republic | Online enrollment
Greene County Extension is excited to partner with the Republic Chamber of Commerce to offer six different classes for small business owners and those aspiring to own their own business. Informational brochure and registration form (PDF)
Help with Your Lawn and Garden
Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline directly at 417- 874-2963..
Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.
Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."
PAY ONLINE IN ADVANCE: Pay in advance for your soil test and then drop your soil off at the Botanical Center any time the facility is open (even weekends). Online advance payment.
Disposal of Pesticides
A special event is set for June 25 for area farmers that want to dispose of unused pesticides. Event Flyer (PDF) | Suggestions for disposing of pesticides (PDF)
Media Releases for the Week
Our weekly media releases about programs and local events can be found online.
Sign up for Our Weekly Email Newsletter
Informative articles and announcements of MU Extension programs in southwest Missouri are sent to your by email once a week. To subscribe, use this online form or subscribe by texting MUEXTENSION417 to 22828.
Subscribe to Our County Extension Newsletter
Greene County Extension's monthly newsletter is known as the "Reaching Out Report." Subscribe here to receive a monthly email letting you know when the newsletter is published and available to read online.
How Are We Doing Financially?
Great Game of Business
LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).
KEEPING SCORE: See our weekly financial scorecard online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.
GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every Monday at 3:15 p.m. and our Council plays the game during regular council meetings each month. For more information contact David Burton.
Call Local Staff Direct
The main office of Greene County Extension is located inside the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park. In addition to our main phone line of 881-8909, the following telephone numbers can be used for direct access.
Maggie Black, Office Manager -- 874-2953
David Burton, Civic Communication Specialist -- 874-2954
Jeff Barber, Housing & Environmental Design Specialist -- 874-2955
Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist -- 874-2956
Dr. Pam Duitsman, Nutrition Specialist -- 874-2957
Master Gardeners Lawn and Gardening Hotline -- 874-2963
Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Educator -- 874-2965
Renette Wardlow, Human Development -- 874-2966
Martha Wood, nutrition associate -- 874-2959
The Family Nutrition Education Program is located at 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd. Suite F200, Springfield; phone: 417-886-2059.
How do I donate?
Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign
DONATE NOW: Use your credit card to make a donation to Greene County Extension. Donate to Greene County Extension | FY 2015 in Review (PDF) | Donation Card (PDF)
CURRENT DONORS: Our "Friends of Greene County Extension" are posted online: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF).
DONATE AN OLD CAR: Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, boat motors and farm equipment can be donated to the Greene County Extension Council. When contacting the local extension office with a donation be prepared to give the following: name, address and telephone for the owner and detailed information about the type of item being donated. If it is a vehicle we will need VIN, make, model, year, color and mileage. We will make arrangements for the item to be picked up. When the vehicle is picked up the owner must sign over the title. Email David Burton with donation details.
How do I volunteer?
Lots of Opportunities
These are volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)
100 Years of Extension
University of Missouri Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We need a volunteer or intern to help complete the Extension history by researching council minutes (1964 to present) and calling past Greene County Extension employees. History in Greene County: Early History Notes (PDF) | The Saga of C.C. Keller (PDF) | Statewide information | Volunteer to finish our History
Employee Training Programs
If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | Video | See Course List
Any New and Local Publications?
Updated Expert Guide
Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)
Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery
An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster is available for purchase on Amazon.
Newswriting for Community Leaders
"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers with media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.
Thank our corporate sponsors
Contributions from these businesses and organizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during 2013. Learn more about our corporate sponsorship program at Corporate Sponsorships. Our current sponsors include:
Sanford, Lea & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220, www.adifferentcpa.com
Master Gardeners of Greene County: http://www.mggreene.org
Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.