Home Food Preservation Classes

Three food preservation workshops have been scheduled to focus on preservation methods to use for highest quality and safety in home preserved foods, common canning, freezing and dehydrating problesm, and resources for the latest research. Salsas will be the focus of the June 9th session, 6-8 p.m.; Lunch & Learn Pickling will be August 1, 12-1 p.m.; and Jams & Jellies on August 1, 6-8 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Jackson County Extension office, 105 E 5th Street, Kansas City, MO. Each session is $15 per person per class. Print the flyer and register now.  FLYER

National 4-H Council, HughesNet Sponsor STEM camp

The National 4-H Council and HughesNet awarded a $10,000 grant to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to 4-H campers in Missouri. 4-H is part of University of Missouri Extension.

Campers in Clay, Cass, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Ray and St. Clair counties will benefit from the programming June 7-9 at Camp Bob White in Knob Noster State Park, says 4-H youth specialist Kim Hall.

Programming for the camp includes robotics, meteorology, astronomy and aerospace. Speakers include a storm chaser, personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base who work with drones, and an engineer from HughesNet, a satellite communications company.

A Tufts University study shows that 4-H members are two times more likely than their peers to participate in STEM activities in grades 10-12.

A program of Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, engaging 6 million young people throughout the U.S.

For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.

For more information, go to 4h.missouri.edu. (Source: Kim Hall, 660-747-3193)?


Community Gardening at Clay County Annex

Six members of the Clay County community are growing their your own vegetables in above-ground beds at the Clay County Courthouse Annex this growing season and are inviting other community members to participate. Beds were built and filled with soil on May 26th and planting has already begun. Watch the gardens this summer as they grow and are harvested.  We want to take this opportunity to thank the Clay County Commission for allowing us the space to tackle this project.  For more information contact Crystal Weber, (816) 407-3497 or webercd@missouri.edu.

4-H SPIN Clubs New Option For Young People

A 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest club where five or more young people learn about a topic of interest. Topics vary and include interests such as nature, heritage arts, science, photography, gardening, shooting sports, and more. SPIN clubs are led by volunteers who have a passion and want to share their knowledge with young people. We are looking for adults that have a talent or interest that they are willing to teach to young people in local communities. We are planning now for SPIN clubs that will meet in the next 3-6 months. SPIN clubs are planned around the volunteers availability. Have a positive impact on the next generation of young people in your community by sharing your experience and knowledge in a subject area you are passionate about. Contact Emily Reiersgaard, Clay County 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at (816) 407-3490 or email reiersgaarde@missouri.eduSPIN Club flyer (PDF)

Business Classes Held at Four Locations in Kansas City Area

"The Basics of Writing a Business Plan" and "The First Steps to Starting a Business" are the topics business classes being held at four local Full Employment Council locations. Scholarships are available for dislocated workers. Print this flyer (PDF) for all locations, times and dates.  For more information contact Richard Zarate, Business Counselor with University of Missouri Extension and Small Business & Technology Development Center. Phone (816) 407-3496 or Email zarater@missouri.edu

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you raising a grandchild or other relative?  Need support, information or resources?  Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation. If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program. View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 816-407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com.