FROM UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL NEWS SERVICE
Contact: Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
Hollister, Mo. – “Grow Your Farm” is an educational program offered by University of Missouri
Extension that is designed to help landowners interested in farming for the first time and current
farmers wanting to start new enterprises.
“Grow Your Farm” includes eight class sessions and two farm tours and will connect people
investing in a farm career with successful farm operators and business experts according to
Patrick Byers and Tim Schnakenberg, horticulture and agronomy specialists with MU Extension.
The course are being offered at the Hollister City Hall in Hollister. Classes meet once a month
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting April 18 and continuing through October 24, 2016. Two classes
will meet in April.
Sessions will focus on business planning and selecting enterprises that can be profitable, based
on an individual’s skills and resources. Planning your farm, keeping track of finances, marketing
your farm products and understanding legal issues are just some of the topics addressed.
“This is a unique opportunity for growers and producers to connect with University of Missouri
Extension specialists in horticulture, agriculture business, natural resources and community
development. These specialists can offer their expertise in small farm production, marketing, and
increasing outcomes for small farm profitability,” said Byers.
Scholarships to cover the training fee of $200 are available to the first 10 registrants through a
grant with Missouri Enterprise and the City of Hollister from the USDA for the Hollister Farm to
Table project. “Register early for the scholarship,” urges Byers. The training fee covers 2
people from a farm or household, and includes the cost of a course notebook, additional
textbook, and group sessions with guest speakers, farm tours, and refreshments. Each additional
person per household/operation may attend for $50 per person.
For more information contact Patrick Byers at the Greene County Extension office by telephone
at (417) 881-8909 or online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene. Registration for the Grow
Your Farm program will be through the Taney County Extension Office, at 417-546-4431.