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Event offers skills for small farmers, backyard gardeners, Feb. 25 in Columbia

Writer:

Linda Geist
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University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-9185
Email: GeistLi@missouri.edu

Published: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Story source:

Kent Shannon, 573-445-9792

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A one-day event, “Mid-Missouri Expo–Small Farm to Backyard Garden,” offers gardeners and small farmers new skills.

Kent Shannon, University of Missouri Extension natural resources engineer, says sessions cover ways to improve and enjoy gardens and small acreages. The event is Feb. 25 at Battle High School, 7575 E. St. Charles Road, Columbia.

MU and Lincoln University extension specialists and others offer sessions on water quality, soil improvement, fencing law, ponds, how to evaluate your acreage, native plants, pollinators, weed management and food preservation. Small-acreage owners can learn to develop horticulture and livestock enterprises, including poultry, horses, goats and sheep.

Stacy Barr and Robbie Scholes of the Boone’s Lick Master Naturalists will give ways to promote habitats for monarch butterflies. Carrie Hargrove of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will tell how to grow gardens and raise poultry and livestock in small areas. Jim and Valarie Duever of the Boone Regional Beekeepers Association offer advice on beginning beekeeping.

Master Gardeners will give skills for straw bale gardening and composting.

The event runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration is $40 and includes lunch. On-site registration is $50 and lunch is not guaranteed.

For more information, contact the MU Extension Center in Boone County at 573-445-9792 or BooneCo@missouri.edu. A tentative schedule and list of speakers is at extension.missouri.edu/boone/mid-moexpo.aspx.