Friday, August 19, 2016

Sponsorship of the Salute to Century Farms event


Could your business help sponsor Greene County Extension’s third “Salute to Century Farms” event? The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2015 at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek between Willard and Ash Grove, Mo. 

We have a great evening of entertainment and education lined up (see attached flyer for details). Attendees will be treated to a full meal provided by Maggie Mae’s Catering from Miller, Mo.

The sponsorship opportunities are as follows:

Bronze Level: For $100 your business name will be listed as sponsor on our event flyer, on our website, in our media releases, and in our event program. We will be mailing event information to area landowners and Century Farms in Greene County.

Silver Level: For $250 your business will get the same benefits as the bronze level plus your business logo will be used, you will receive two complimentary tickets to the event and be introduced at the event. 

Gold Level: The first two individuals or businesses to contribute $500 cash will also get naming rights as the official sponsor of our meal or the entertainment (sponsor can choose). These sponsors also receive the same benefits as the bronze and silver level donors plus a gift certificate for a free soil test from Greene County Extension.

Checks need to be made out to Greene County Extension with "Salute to Century Farms" in the memo portion of the check. Thank you for your consideration.



David L. Burton

Civic Communication Specialist and County Program Director

(417) 881-8909

Email: burtond@missouri.edu

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Donation for benefit auction at the Salute to Century Farms


Any business with rural or agricultural roots and customers, is encouraged to donate an item or gift card for Greene County Extension to sell at a fall live benefit auction. The auction will provide funds for Greene County Extension’s educational programs during the year and will help us reach over 40,000 county residents with quality Extension training this year.



We will have at least 100 to 150 people at our auction which will be held as part of Greene County Extension’s third annual “Salute to Century Farms” event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek between Willard and Ash Grove, Mo. We have a great evening of entertainment and education planned.



We will also be honoring four farms in Greene County with Century Farm status. That means this productive farms have stayed operational and in the same family for over 100 years!



All donations for the auction will be appreciated. Gift cards, gift certificates for services, actual items should sell well. If you would like me or one of our council volunteers to come to your business and pick up a donation, please contact me by telephone or by email.

Donations are needed prior to Sept. 20.

If you need information about the tax-exempt status of Greene County Extension that information can be found here: tax letter and forms (PDF).



David L. Burton

Civic Communication Specialist and County Program Director

(417) 881-8909

Email: burtond@missouri.edu



 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Car Free Park Week at Botanical Center Aug 23-26, 2016


The main entrance to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a railway construction project.

The Botanical Center will remain open and the gardens and grounds are accessible via the South Creek Greenway walking trail.

Please be considerate of businesses nearby. Trailhead Parking is available at McDaniel Park at 2405 S. National Avenue(National Avenue and Sunset Street),Tal's Trailhead at 3351 S. Kauffman Road, and the Volunteer Nature Trail section at 4680 W. Rountree Road.

Limited parking may be available at the American Legion Post 639, south of the park on Scenic Ave.

If you plan to visit the Greene County Extension Center please call ahead of time and make an appointment although phone messages can be left along with soil samples.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Front Porch Conversations with Garden People

Contact: Reagan Bluel, dairy specialist
Headquartered in Barry County
Tel: (417)  847-3161
E-mail: BluelRJ@missouri.edu

CASSVILLE, Mo. -- Are you ready to put away the watering can?  Are you tired of dragging hoses around to water thirsty plants? 

Bill Greet, Master Gardener of the Ozarks member and volunteer, will discuss the option of installing a drip irrigation system in your home garden.  The above-ground hose and emitters are inexpensive and easy to install and can reduce your time in the garden significantly.

See his presentation and join the discussion at the next “Front Porch Conversation” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 in the lower level of the Cassville Library in Cassville.

The Front Porch series of gardening presentations is co-sponsored by the Cassville Friends of the Library and the Barry County Master Gardeners. 

“Greet has been active in many Master Gardener project gardens and speaks from his experiences in various planting situations,” said Reagan Bluel, county program director for University of Missouri Extension in Barry County.

For more information call the Barry County Extension office at (417)  847-3161.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oral History Festival and One-Room School Reunion Added to Lifestyle Days Event in Springfield


Learn how to collect an oral history and see a demonstration with a former one-room school attendee starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 inside Liberty School at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, located inside Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.



The “Collecting Oral Histories” portion of the class begins at 9 a.m. and there is a $10 fee to cover the cost of materials. However, the first 25 people to pre-register will receive a Gray-Campbell Farmstead t-shirt. The interview portion of the program — with a former one-room school attendee — begins close to 10 a.m.



The “One-Room School Reunion” kicks off at 11:30 a.m. in conjunction with the Lifestyle Expo. There will be tours of Liberty School, special exhibits highlighting one-room schools in Greene County, time to socialize with other one-room school attendees, period math quizzes, a spelling bee, and more.



To register for the oral history program, visit the Greene County Extension office or contact them at 417-881-8909 or reach David Burton by email at burtond@missouri.edu.



25th Annual

Gray-Campbell Farmstead

1860s Lifestyle Exposition

Sept 17-18, 2016



Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m.—4:30 p.m.



Events during the day include horseshoe pitching, seed spitting, hearth cooking, fiber arts, music and dancing, lifestyle demonstrations, children’s costume contest, and tours of our historic buildings including the oldest home in Springfield, Mo.



NEW in 2016:

Oral History Festival & One-Room School Reunion

See article at left for details. Program starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday with oral history festival ($10 fee). This program is provided by Greene County Extension and the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance.



SPECIAL SCHEDULED EVENTS

· Old time fiddle and music jam at 11 a.m. Saturday

· Old fashioned brush arbor meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday

· Apple Pie baking contest at 3 p.m. Sunday



Located inside Nathanael Greene Park and Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.



Free Admission * Donations Accepted

Food concessions will be available



For information call (417) 725-4922 or visit www.graycampbellfarmstead.org.




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Baker School in Grundy County Celebrates Milestone Anniversary


Baker School is one of three buildings that compose the Grundy County Museum campus in Trenton Mo.  This unimposing building stands alone as it represents all the 90 one-room schools that previously dotted Grundy County.  Baker School, the last one-room school to close in 1966, was relocated to its present location, 11th and Tinsman Avenue, in 1996 where it can be enjoyed and experienced by many people.

Baker School was named for Christian Baker, who came to Grundy County in 1862 and gave the land for the school.  Gladys McCarty was the first teacher in 1918 and Letha McClure was the last teacher in 1964.  The building was donated to the museum by Vern and Marian VanHoozer. John Rice, museum board member, chaired the School House Committee and coordinated the $12,334.00 budget to relocate the building. 

Moving Baker School was a challenging project.  Trickel Construction Company and Hinnen Hauling combined to move the building and place it on a new foundation.  The 9th Street bridge, a formidable obstacle, required the building to be cut in half for transport and then reassembled at the new location.  It was an interesting operation and a crowd assembled to see it pass over and through the 9th Street Bridge with inches of clearance.

Most people know someone who attended a one-room school, but don’t feel sorry for them because they “turned out” fine regardless of the lack of today’s typical school programs.  It was a different time and a different experience.   Contrary to the stories about walking five miles through snow….and it was up-hill both ways, most students didn’t travel more than a mile. 

·        The teacher taught grades 1-8 without a teaching helper, a principal, guidance counselor or custodian.

·        There was no cafeteria - everyone brought their own lunch.

·        There was no bussing program and everyone got there on their own.

·        There was no gym or athletic program.

·        The Library usually consisted of about 25 reference books.

·        The school was also community meeting place where plays and social events were held, for example, the Box Suppers.

·        Chalkboards and individual slates were used rather than computers and iPads.

·        The restroom was usually an outhouse separated from the school building.

Today, Baker School looks just like it did in 1996 however there are a few subtle changes, the building is air conditioned and you won’t have to bring in a scuttle of coal for the pot-bellied stove where the teacher sometimes cooked a kettle of soup for everyone.  It is a fun place to visit and learn about all the 90 one-room schools in Grundy County.  Serving as a repository of information about all the schools, you can read newspaper stories and see pictures of those schools and many of the students and teachers.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Greene County Extension and Springfield Cardinals, together for one night only!


As a Friend of Greene County Extension you are invited to join Greene County Extension Council members and local MU Extension staff at the Springfield Cardinals field for a baseball game and fireworks on August 26.

We have a limited number (50) of seats available. These are dugout seats and we are making them available for $10 a ticket. By joining us in the fun you will also receive a Springfield Cardinals baseball cap (free-of-charge) and you have the option of purchasing a black MU Extension t-shirt for $10 (while supplies last). Visit or call our office to claim your tickets (before Aug. 11) and join our group for a fun evening on Aug. 26.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Financial Issues and Stress in Farm Communities Topics of Meeting July 11 in Springfield

Contact: Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Polk County
Tel: (417) 326-4916
E-mail: tuckerw@missouri.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. –  Financial issues and stress in farm communities at the topics of a  public meeting held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., July 11 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence (Exit 70 off of I-44), Springfield, Mo.

“The purpose of the meeting is to gather information rather than just tell economic outlooks,” said Wesley Tucker, ag business specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture and MU Extension are joining in talks this summer with agricultural stakeholders. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and farm organization members are urged to attend the free meeting.

Volatile prices for crops, livestock, and inputs can hurt farm income and rural communities.  Information gathered can inform local leaders and guide educational and follow-up action.

The meeting agenda will open with statements from leaders with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and MU Extension. The main part of the meeting will be a locally selected panel of farmers, agribusinesses, organizations and state and federal agencies.  Participants will be asked “What are the next steps.”

Regional weather impacts will also be discussed as the season has started with volatile weather patterns.  Topics include declining crop and livestock prices, lower land values, and broad-issue impacts on local areas.

“The overriding issue will be the financial stresses in rural economies. Participants will be asked to address risk management help needed,” said Tucker.

To register to attend please call 417-326-4916 or email polkco@missouri.edu.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Current Table of Contents for the "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools"

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is a project of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance and is being authored by David Burton. The directory highlights the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri as a historic resource and as a tool for developing heritage tourism around these existing historic schools.

Individuals are invited to submit information to include a school in this directory. For information on how to submit a school for the directory read this blog entry.

Here is the current Table of Contents for the book which includes the lists that are listed.

Northwest Missouri Schools
Baker School (Trenton)
Banneker School (Parkville)
Franklin Academy (Lawson)
Hicklin School (Lexington)
Hickory Grove School (Maryville)
Hudson School (Appleton City)
Mt. Gilead School (Kearney)
Nyhart School (Butler) - more information needed
Pony School (St. Joseph)
Rockford School (Harrisonville) - pictures needed
South Gale School (Smithville)
Swain School (Chillicothe)
Walnut Grove School (Lathrop)


Northeast Missouri Schools
Ballwin School (Ballwin)
Florida School (Florida)
Friendship School (St. James)- more information needed
Indian Prairie (Union)- more information needed
Lincoln School (Canton)
Mount Hope (Defiance)
Oak Hill (Hannibal)- more information needed
Rolling Heath School (Ft. Leonard Wood)
Salem School (St. Clair)
Salt River (Hannibal)- more information needed
Saverton School (Saverton) - more information needed
Stone School (Hannibal)
Old Pond School (Wildwood)


Central Missouri Schools
Audrain County School (Mexico)
Elm School (Warrensburg)
Harper School (Harper)
Mt. Sterling School (Mt. Sterling)
Newcomer School (Columbia)
New Lebanon School (New Lebanon)
Pleasant View School (Medford)- more information needed



Southwest Missouri Schools   
1872 Neosho Colored School (Neosho)
1905 School (Springfield)
Bellview (Springfield)
Black School (Cassville)
Boston Center School (Branson)
Bruner (Douglas County)
Bunker Hill (Pineville)- more information needed
Carver School (Neosho)
Cave Springs (Cave Springs)
Chapman (Pierce City)
Cresent (Buffalo)
Dry Valley School (Sarcoxie)
Elmira (Red Oak)- more information needed
Enterprise (Saddlebrook)
Flint Hill (Willard)
Greenwood School (Marshfield)
Kings Prairie School (Monett)
Liberty School (Springfield)
Little Country School (Seneca)
Little Moore School (Lawrenceburg)
Locust Prairie (Fair Grove)
Mt. Pleasant School (Ozark)- more information needed
New Bethel School (Anderson)
Newton County School (Neosho)
Newport School (Lamar)- more information needed
North Star School (Strafford)- more information needed
Northward (Bolivar)
Phelps (Halltown)
Oak Trail School (Silver Dollar City)
Rocky Point School (Marshfield)
Schuyler School (Springfield)
Shiloh School (Liberal)
St. Elmo (Republic)
Star School (Point Lookout)
Sycamore School (Marionville)
Willey School (Willard)
Wooley Creek (Cape Fair)


Southeast Missouri Schools
Alice School (Cabool)
Higgerson School (New Madrid)
Kage School (Cape Gireadeu)
Plunk School (Doniphan)
Stephens School (Marquand)
Story’s Creek School (Alley Spring)
Texas County Schools (Assorted)





Current Table of Contents for the "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools"

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is a project of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance and is being authored by David Burton. The directory highlights the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri as a historic resource and as a tool for developing heritage tourism around these existing historic schools.

Indivduals are invited to submit information to include a school in this directory. For information on how to submit a school for the directory read this blog entry.

Here is the current Table of Contents for the book which includes the lists that are listed.

Northwest Missouri Schools
Baker School (Trenton)
Banneker School (Parkville)
Franklin Academy (Lawson)
Hicklin School (Lexington)
Hickory Grove School (Maryville)
Hudson School (Appleton City)
Mt. Gilead School (Kearney)
Nyhart School (Butler) - more information needed
Pony School (St. Joseph)
Rockford School (Harrisonville) - pictures needed
South Gale School (Smithville)
Swain School (Chillicothe)
Walnut Grove School (Lathrop)

Northeast Missouri Schools

Ballwin School (Ballwin)
Florida School (Florida)
Friendship School (St. James)- more information needed
Indian Prairie (Union)- more information needed
Lincoln School (Canton)
Mount Hope (Defiance)
Oak Hill (Hannibal)- more information needed
Rolling Heath School (Ft. Leonard Wood)
Salem School (St. Clair)
Salt River (Hannibal)- more information needed
Saverton School (Saverton) - more information needed
Stone School (Hannibal)
Old Pond School (Wildwood)

Central Missouri Schools

Audrain County School (Mexico)
Elm School (Warrensburg)
Harper School (Harper)
Mt. Sterling School (Mt. Sterling)
Newcomer School (Columbia)
New Lebanon School (New Lebanon)
Pleasant View School (Medford)- more information needed

Southwest Missouri Schools   


1872 Neosho Colored School (Neosho)
1905 School (Springfield)
Bellview (Springfield)
Black School (Cassville)
Boston Center School (Branson)
Bruner (Douglas County)
Bunker Hill (Pineville)- more information needed
Carver School (Neosho)
Cave Springs (Cave Springs)
Chapman (Pierce City)
Cresent (Buffalo)
Dry Valley School (Sarcoxie)
Elmira (Red Oak)- more information needed
Enterprise (Saddlebrook)
Flint Hill (Willard)
Greenwood School (Marshfield)
Kings Prairie School (Monett)
Liberty School (Springfield)
Little Country School (Seneca)
Little Moore School (Lawrenceburg)
Locust Prairie (Fair Grove)
Mt. Pleasant School (Ozark)- more information needed
New Bethel School (Anderson)
Newton County School (Neosho)
Newport School (Lamar)- more information needed
North Star School (Strafford)- more information needed
Northward (Bolivar)
Phelps (Halltown)
Oak Trail School (Silver Dollar City)
Rocky Point School (Marshfield)
Schuyler School (Springfield)
Shiloh School (Liberal)
St. Elmo (Republic)
Star School (Point Lookout)
Sycamore School (Marionville)
Willey School (Willard)
Wooley Creek (Cape Fair)
Southeast Missouri Schools

Alice School (Cabool)
Higgerson School (New Madrid)
Kage School (Cape Gireadeu)
Plunk School (Doniphan)
Stephens School (Marquand)
Story’s Creek School (Alley Spring)
Texas County Schools (Assorted)





Details on Submitting to the Missouri Director of Historic and One-Room Schools


Many volunteer historians and historic societies across Missouri have created books that document the last remaining one-room schools in their county. In fact, I wrote one for Greene County back in 2001 (link to book here). Those are exhaustive reports on all the former school buildings in those counties.

But a statewide resources is on the horizon. A book I am creating and writing as part of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance that will highlight the very best examples from around the state. Close to 90% of the listings in the book will feature historic schools that are fully restored and either open to the public or available for a public use. The exception is made for those schools on the National Register that are not restored or those that are in the process of being restored.


This book has been in the works for about three years and has received statewide coverage. I have encouraged groups to submit their own information and photos. The hope is that directory can be used to help promote rural hertiage tourism to individuals nationwide that are interested in historic schools (and there are many). We are also working on bringing the national historic schools conference back to Missouri and to re-launch a statewide conference as well.

This book is going to be updated on a regular basis as part of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance.
Here the current Table of Contents for the book which shows the schools listed.

There is no cost for being listed. However, we also ask that all listed schools submit photos and required information for this publication. Provide written answers to the following questions:


· Name of school, location or address (as much detail as possible)

· current owner or contact

· current use (mention if it is publicly or privately owned)

· history of building

· explain how the school was or is being preserved

· why the school was preserved

· where information can be found online

· contact information for the group or individual that owns or operates the school

· and personal stories about the history of the school and building.


Please also include some interior and exterior photos of the school. Written answers and photos can be submitted by email or by using this mailing address:

David Burton

Greene County Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, Mo. 65807

Telephone: 417-881-8909 * Email: burtond@missouri.edu




Friday, June 17, 2016

Big Three: Well plugging, Radon and Mold


Q: I read a past article about plugging wells and really needed to talk with someone to better understand his available options.
R.W., Miller, Mo.

A: After talking on the phone I now understand that you have several concerns including radon testing, mold under the house AND well plugging. We talked by phone and I hope these additional links will help you resolve these problems.

Well Plugging Instructions
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2281.pdf


Cost-share assistance that may be available through your county SWCD Office
http://swcd.mo.gov/lawrence/index.html


Affidavit that is filed with MoDNR after the well is filled
http://dnr.mo.gov/forms/780-1603-f.pdf

Mold control
http://extension.missouri.edu/webster/mold-control.aspx

Curtain drain (if subsurface water from uphill or flat slopes is pooling water under the building, a curtain drain located upslope of the building can divert it)
http://extension.missouri.edu/p/EQ401#drains

Radon test kit (DHSS) or call 573-751-6102
http://health.mo.gov/living/environment/radon/ and http://health.mo.gov/living/environment/radon/homebuyers.php


Radon: An Indoor Health Hazard?
http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G1968

Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix Your Home
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/2013_consumers_guide_to_radon_reduction.pdf


Bob Schultheis
Natural Resource Engineering Specialist / CPD
University of Missouri Extension Center - Webster County
800 S. Marshall St., Marshfield, MO 65706
Phone:  417-859-2044
E-mail: schultheisr@missouri.edu

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Solutions for Dealing with White Flies in School Greenhouse

Q: Our school greenhouse has an infestation of white flies that are destroying all of our green peppers and cucumbers. The school even had an exterminator a few months ago who came and sprayed. It decreased the number for a while but they are now back in full force. How to rid school greenhouse of white flies?
A.B., Nixa, Mo.

A: White fly control is a challenge in greenhouses, and requires an integrated approach.  The publications at http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G7275 and https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef456 are good.  Basically, here is the approach:

1.            try to keep the pest from entering the greenhouse - closely examine all plants that are brought into the greenhouse, discard heavily infested plants.
2.            monitor the greenhouse with sticky yellow cards, on a daily basis if possible.  When a threshold of around 0.5-2 insects per card per day are noted, a spray is applied. Cards are available from http://m.gemplers.com/search/sticky+yellow+cards and elsewhere.
3.            The attached publications lists effective sprays for this pest.  Sprays must be alternated as this pest is at high risk of developing insecticide resistance.

Patrick Byers
Regional Horticulture Specialist
MU Extension - Greene County
417-881-8909




Mystery Weed in Garden Turns out to be Dreaded Pigroot


Q: Attached are pictures of a weed that I have been battling for the past few years in my garden.  It only occurs in my gardens, both vegetable and flower.  It appears where I break up ground where grass once was.  I need help in identifying it and how to control it or get rid of it completely. I use newspaper and mulch or straw to help control the weeds in my garden and that helps for those spots, but this weeds grows anywhere that is not covered. Because I rotate crops and move things around from year to year, the weed will reappear the following year on uncovered and unmulched ground. Can you help me with this?


C.L.
Republic

A: This is a weed called Red-Root Pigweed.  Red-root pigweed is a major weed problem in much of the area, especially in agricultural production because of its resistance to glyphosate.  Also, one plant can produce up to a million seeds which can build up in soil and be a problem for years to come. 

Once pigweed is established in an area it can be very difficult to control.  Hand pulling or using a cultivation tool when the plants are small and applying a pre-emergent herbicide listed for broadleaf weeds can be the most effective for homeowners. 

Here is a link about pigweed and plant relatives of pigweed: http://ipm.missouri.edu/MEG/2010/11/Worst-Weeds-2010/

Kelly McGowan
Horticulture Educator
University of Missouri Extension; Greene County; Southwest Region