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Master Beekeepers - Beginners Class Oct. 7
The Master Beekeepers program was created by University of Missouri specialists and taught by local experienced beekeepers. Our next “Introduction to Bees and Beepkeeing” is Friday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Botanical Center. Informational Flyer (PDF) | Register ONLINE
Third Annual Garlic Festival Sept. 21
University of Missouri Extension for the Third Annual Garlic Festival, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Botanical Center in Springfield. Informational Flyer and Registration Form (PDF) | Register Online
Lawn Care Professional Workshop Sept. 15
Turf and horticulture specialists from University of Missouri Extension are joining industry professionals to provide a “Lawn Care Workshop” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 15 at Drury University in Springfield. The workshop cost is $35 per person and the registration deadline is Sept. 10. Registration form (PDF) | Register and Pay Online
TICKETS: Salute to Century Farms Sept. 26
Join area supporters of agriculture and Greene County Extension on Monday, Sept. 26 at the Round Barn Event Center (between Ash Grove and Willard) as we recognize four Greene County farms that have remained in the same family for over 100 years. There will be great food, musical entertainment, recognition of Century Farm families, and a live benefit auction. The new Vice Chancellor of MU Extension and Engagement, Dr. Marshall Stewart, will also be in attendance. Details and Order Form (PDF) | Order Tickets ONLINE
Oral History Festival and One-Room School Reunion Sept. 17
Learn how to collect an oral history at our first "Oral History Festival and One-Room School Reunion." Registration is required for the festival portion and includes cost of materials. Then stay for the One-Room School Reunion, in conjunction with the 1860s Lifestyle Expo. Tours of Liberty School, special exhibits highlighting Greene County one-room schools, period math quizzes, a spelling bee, and more. Register by calling Greene County Extension at 881-8909. Date: Sat., Sept. 17; Time: Oral History Festival 9-11 a.m.; Reunion 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Fee: $10/Oral History Festival; Free/Reunion
Alternative Crops Field Day Sept. 23
A field day featuring alternative fruit and nuts crops has been scheduled for Friday September 23 at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon. Event Flyer (PDF)
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 | Program Brochure (PDF)
SERVE: Run for a Seat on Extension Council
Greene County residents can serve their community by running for a seat on the Greene County Extension Council. We are especially seeking MU alumni or individuals that make use of Greene County Extension services. Information on role of council (PDF) | Nomination form (PDF)
Pay for Soil Tests Online
Soil testing is available at the Greene County Extension office located in the Botanical Center. As a convenience, the fee can be paid online and the soil sample and contact information can be left in a box at the office any time the Botanical Center is open, including weekends. Pay online for soil test
Media Releases for the Week
Our weekly media releases about programs and local events can be found online.
Hire a Speaker for Your Program
Need a speaker for your program, seminar or training. Greene County Extension specialists are available for hire on a variety of topics. See Course List
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.
Parks and Extension Partnership
Since the beginning of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Greene County MU Extension has been a vital partner with Springfield-Greene County Parks. Learn more about that partnership and what Greene County Extension offers that makes the Botanical Center such an active and vital location to Springfield and the surrounding area. Parks & Extension Partnership (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.
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 monthly financial scorecard is 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
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)
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.