Seeds of Prosperity

Demand for local food in southwest Missouri is strong and growing stronger. Buyers want to buy more local food, consumers want to eat more local food, and growers want to grow more local food.

University of Missouri Extension is working to connect the dots to get that done as part of our Seeds of Prosperity project.

Media release about our upcoming event

Scaling Up Program

“Scaling Up to Meet the Demand for Local Food” will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center; 2400 Scenic Ave., Springfield. The first day is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5. Day two is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 with the program on the last day being from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The last two days of the program are geared toward farmers and will include an “Introduction to GAPS” and “Preparing the Farm Food Safety Plan.”

Participants may register for the full program for $70 per person or $40 for the Friday and Saturday farmer-focused session. Registration can be completed by contacting Clarissa Hatley at the Greene County Extension Center by telephone (417) 881-8909 or email

The program is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks, Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council, Missouri Veterans’ Agriculture, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Informational flyer about event (PDF)

Event Schedule and Agenda (PDF)

Presentations (PDF)

November 5: Scaling Up to Meet the Demand for Local Food


Scott Thellman, President Juniper Hill Farms, LLC

Mark Mahnken, President/CEO of Missouri Legacy Beef, LLC

Dr. Van Ayers, Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Steve McKaskle, McKaskle Family Farm, LLC and The Braggadocio Brand

  • Find information on Steve by checking out the McKaskle Family Farm website and Facebook page.

Dr. Arbindra Rimal, Professor of Agribusiness and Economics at Missouri State University

  • Presentation: Feasibility Study of a Food Hub in the Missouri Ozarks [Available Soon]

Lindsey Jones, Farm to School Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture

Panelists: People who are doing it

Bill Crooks, President, Good Food Good Futures; Business Development, Good Natured Family Farms

Lane McConnell, Executive Director, Farmers Market of the Ozarks

Panelists: Resources for getting it done

Mark Hultgren, Area Director, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development

Matt Kelly, President, Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri

November 6: Good Agricultural Practices Training (GAPs)


Dr. Londa Nwadike, Food Safety State Specialist, University of Missouri and Kansas State University

Tony Schwager, Special Projects, Good Natured Family Farms

Mark Troup, Missouri Department of Agriculture

Speaker Contact Information

 Handout with speaker contact information, including a few helpful links.