Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Horticulture Educator Working with Local Gardeners and Greene County Master Gardeners

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Kelly McGowan was recently hired with grant funds to assist the University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist in southwest Missouri (Patrick Byers) and to help the Master Gardeners of Greene County. This is what you need to know about this new horticulture assistant.

Name/title: Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator

Headquartered in:  Lawrence County at the Southwest Research Center

Coverage area:  Southwest Missouri Region

Education Background: Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Missouri State University, Springfield.

Job Responsibilities:  “One of my job responsibilities includes working with the Master Gardeners.  I am in the process of coordinating the 2014 Core Training for the Greene County Chapter.  I also assist the Master Gardener Hotline staff with calls, e-mails, and walk-ins as needed,” said McGowan. “Another part of my job is assisting Patrick Byers, our regional horticulture specialist, with developing and planning educational opportunities for the public.”

How does your work impact residents of southwest Missouri?  “Part of the University of Missouri Extension’s mission is to provide relevant and reliable education to the public and my job as horticulture educator does just that,” said McGowan.
What are some goals you have for the coming year? “For 2014, I am developing an Organic Gardening Certificate Program.  This will include a series of 10-12 classes.  There is a lot of local interest in growing organically and the goal of these classes is to provide interested people a great resource of scientifically based information,” said McGowan.

Is there a group you are targeting for your services?  “My target group is people in this region who are interested or involved with gardening or farming,” said McGowan.

Where are residents of southwest Missouri most likely to see you? “I am currently dividing my time between the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon and the Greene County Extension Office located in the Botanical Center in Springfield,” said McGowan.

Contact Information: 
Kelly McGowan
Telephone - (417) 466-2148 or (417) 881-8909
E-mail -


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