3rd Annual Mid-MO Expo: Small Farm to Backyard Garden

University of Missouri Extension specialists and local experts will give ways to make use of backyards and small acreages at the third annual Mid-MO Expo on April 27 at Battle High School, Columbia.

The day-long event covers a variety of topics for the beginning to advanced gardener. Specialists will tell how to raise food, including poultry, honey, vegetables and fruit – for home use and how to market it for sale.
University of Missouri Extension field specialist Kent Shannon says the event offers numerous 45-minute sessions that will help small land owners get more out of their backyards. Shannon also gives an overview of how small property owners can use drones in their operations.

Local beekeeper John Williams, who also is a MU Master Gardener, gives several sessions to help those wanting to get into beekeeping. Terry Woods, a MU research specialist, shares ways to manage monarch butterflies and bees.
MU Extension entomologist Kevin Rice gives updates for the homeowner on insects. MU Extension field agronomist Todd Lorenz tells how to start a garden. He also will talk about how cover crops can benefit gardens. MU Extension field horticulture specialists Jim Quinn and Cory Creed tell how to grow fruits and hops. MU’s long-time state horticulturist David Trinklein gives a double session on tomato growing.

Retired MU Extension poultry specialist Jess Lyons gives a talk on “Backyard Chicken Production.” Local Master Gardeners and Extension Council members also offer sessions that attendees will find useful, says Shannon.
Representatives from Missouri Department of Natural Resource, Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri and Soil and Water Conservation District will offer insights into water and erosion issues. Jeff Zimmershied of The Lawn Company gives tips for organic lawn care.

Advance tickets are available online at http://www.extension.missouri.edu/boone or call 573-445-9792.