Thursday, January 16, 2014

Feb. 1 Free Seminar in Nixa Looks at Invasives in the Landscape and Heirlooms on the Table

Contact: Dr. Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558

Written by Jennifer Ailor

OZARK, Mo. -- Gardeners can learn for free about invasive species invading gardens and landscapes and tempting heirloom vegetables for the table at the “Invasives and Heirlooms” seminar sponsored by Christian County Master Gardeners from 1p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa.

Members of the public can register to attend the free seminar at the University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark, 581-3558.

The seminar will open with a presentation on “Invasive ‘Alien’ Species” by Rhonda Rimer, natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She will cover common invasive plants in the southwest Missouri landscape, why they are a problem and how to eradicate them.

Rimer’s work involves cataloguing and inventorying high-quality natural communities in prairies, woodlands, streams, cavesas well as rare plants and animals. Her work in managing and restoring natural communities includes getting rid of invasive species.

The second presentation will be “Heirloom Vegetables for Your Table” by Mike Nocks with White Harvest Seed Co., Hartville. He will compare heirlooms to hybrids and genetically modified organisms, discuss tips on planting and growing heirlooms and explain seed-saving techniques.

Nocks is the owner of White Harvest Seed Co., which was founded in 2010. He and his family live a self-sustaining lifestyle, raising their own animals and gardens for food, living off the electric grid and using water pumped from an Amish-made windmill.

Refreshments will be available at the seminar.

Christian County Master Gardeners will present two additional free public seminars in 2014. The May 17 seminar in the demonstration garden at the Ozark Community Center will cover planting the kitchen garden and a demonstration of preparing vegetables from the garden for a meal. The Sept. 6 seminar will address safe and effective products for pest and disease control, as well as tree health.

To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, MU Extension advisor to the Christian County Master Gardeners, at (417) 581-3558, to add your name to the list for the 2014 class, yet to be scheduled.


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