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2019 Master Gardener Training

Please join us for 2019 Master Gardener Training. Learn more about gardening, volunteer in your community, and help others learn to grow.

 For more information call Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Educator, 816-252-5051 or for the application please click on the picture below

2019 Missouri Master Gardener's Garden Tour

Friday and Saturday June 7 and 8 from 9a to 430p. 
Tickets are $15 each, rain or shine. CLICK HERE for more information

Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri

Blackberries offer huge potential for Missouri farmers. Though a challenging crop to produce, blackberries are in high demand for many markets. The “Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri” project will offer educational sessions and tours of innovative blackberry farms. Join local and nationally known blackberry specialists and farmers to gain expertise on a wide range of blackberry topics.

For More Information CLICK HERE

2019 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference

‘Making Connections’ is the theme of this year’s University of Missouri Extension’s Missouri Master Gardener State Conference. Connect with Mizzou, Horticulture Specialists from around the state, and other Master Gardeners at this amazing educational experience in Columbia, Missouri. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Quinn Long from the Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve. Fruits and vegetables, landscaping and ornamentals, Master Pollinator and other interesting classes will be offered. Join the architecture, history, Mizzou Botanic Gardens and greenhouse and Sanborn Field tours for an insider’s view of the University of Missouri campus. Tuesday evening, enjoy dinner with a Horticulture Specialist at classic Columbia restaurants, or have dinner on your own and join an evening tour with Dr. David Trinklein at Shelter Gardens. Wednesday afternoon tours include South Farm and Jefferson Farm. See the agenda for a complete listing of activities and classes at this exciting conference.

Bring a favorite bag from a previous meeting to hold your program and conference materials! This conference will be held June 4-5, 2019. See you there!

To register, go to this link:

Insect Identification: Good Bug? Bad Bug?

Saturday, June 15th, 9 a.m.-noon

Spend the morning with Tamra Reall, Field Specialist in Horticulture, University of Missouri Extension, Jackson County, who will present in-depth information about identifying insects in the garden (both good and bad bugs!). Tamra has a PhD in entomology and a BS in horticulture will share her scientific expertise during this class. Part of the morning will be spent in the classroom and the rest in the field, so dress appropriately to explore outdoors, locate insects in the garden, and identify them. An advanced education certificate is available for Master Gardeners who participate. Consider pairing this experience with the Integrated Pest Control workshop, scheduled with Corey Creed, June 15th from 1-4 p.m. REGISTER HERE

Integrated Pest Management

Saturday, June 15th, 1-4 p.m.

Need some ideas for handling pest problems in your garden? Spend the afternoon with Cory Creed, Field Specialist in Horticulture, University of Missouri Extension, Platte County, who will present in-depth information about developing a plan for monitoring and  controlling insects in your garden. Gather ideas for dealing with insects such as Japanese beetles and learn techniques to keep overall pest populations low. An advanced education certificate is available for Master Gardeners who participate. Consider pairing this experience with the Insect Identification workshop, scheduled with Tamra Real, June 15th from 9 a.m.-noon and make it a day of insects at Powell Gardens. REGISTER HERE

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator Position

Here at the University of Missouri Extension – Jackson County, we are looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as a Project Coordinator, specifically for marketing and planning. The Program Coordinator VISTA will increase the capacity of MU Extension's different programs. The VISTA will work jointly with community partners, volunteers and the University of Missouri to develop a robust financial capacity program. The VISTA will continue to grow and develop the Jackson County MU Extension program and will continue to develop and enhance strategy for qualitative data information gathering regarding community progress to track program achievement as it relates to the project goals. The VISTA will also secure a grant to support the cost of the growth of Extension program areas and enhance the development of human capacity through the integration of Extension programs. To learn more about the Benefits of becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA CLICK HERE and to learn more about our open position and to apply please CLICK HERE.

Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer and CLICK HERE for the registration form. For more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD or Denise Sullivan, MS, CWP at 816-482-5850 or email at or 

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to increase independent living older adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength-training program. Participants learn exercises to improve strength, flexibility and balance. The class meets twice weekly and all equipment is provided. 

Upcoming Classes:

First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs

301 SW Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, Mo 64015

Dates: March 5 - May 2, 2019 - Class meets for one-hour - Twice a week - Tuesdays/Thursday 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Call To Register (816) 229-8108

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program is taught by University of Missouri Extension Specialists and consists of eight, two-hour sessions.

Upcoming Classes:

Oak Grove Senior Center

1901 S. Broadway, Oak Grove, Mo 64075

Dates: March 20 - May 15, 2019

For more information on this class click HERE


Flood-related resources from MU Extension

CLICK HERE to view the main resource page from MU Extension.  This link includes a variety of key resources that deal with flooding and water-damage.

A special Facebook page has been created to provide informative information for those affected by the flooding. Missouri Flood Info,, is a collaboration of state, federal and local agencies and organizations involved addressing flooding in Missouri, including the Partnership for Disaster Recovery. Managed by MU Extension.

Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

With all the rain affecting so many Missourians, water damage is, unfortunately, a reality from leaking roofs to flooding basements. If there are water issues, there may be mold in your home. Now with increased temperatures, humidity levels may also foster mold growth. Please consider these resources if you are affected by water or mold. For questions contact Dan Cash, Community Development Specialist at or 816-482-5850.

Resources for Your Flooded Home:

EPA information on Mold and Moisture:

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information.