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Sustainable Gardening & Food Production

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Sustainable Gardening

  • “Columbia receives Missouri’s first bioreactor permit”
    City of Columbia, Public Works Dept., press release, April 27, 2009
    “Through the use of a bioreactor, the city will inject liquids into the waste to accelerate the bio-stabilization of waste, and produce methane at a higher rate for use as a renewable energy source.”
  • “Solid Waste Division announces yard waste disposal change”
    City of Columbia, Public Works Dept., press release, April 29, 2009
    “Effective this week, city residents are no longer required to use the city’s clear yard waste bags to dispose of yard waste. Leaves, grass, twigs and small branches can now be placed in any bag, box or other disposal container, and set out with the trash on your regular trash day. This change stems from the addition of the new bioreactor at the city’s landfill.”
  • Columbia Water & Light Guide to Water-Efficient Landscaping
    Information from the City of Columbia on water-efficient landscaping with lists of shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials suitable for native conditions.
  • Compost and Mulch - Columbia
    City of Columbia mulch and compost hours and locations. Also has information on "free mulch days" and composting workshops.
  • Community Garden Coalition - Columbia
    A not-for-profit organization that "supplies support, supplies and garden plots to lower-income individuals, the elderly, people with disabilities and children."
  • Bradford Research and Extension Center – Columbia
    Hosts annual events Native Plant Field Day and the Tomato Festival. Check the link "Educational Showcase" for information on topics such as "Building a Solar Passive Greenhouse" or about the Bradford Rose Garden.
  • University of Missouri Extension – Boone County
    Provides diagnostics for farmers, growers and home gardeners dealing with plant diseases, infestation or wishing to have their soil tested.
  • University of Missouri Extension – Callaway County
    Provides diagnostics for farmers, growers and home gardeners dealing with plant diseases, infestation or wishing to have their soil tested.
  • University of Missouri Extension – Home & Garden
    Research-based educational brochures on a wide range of topics of interest to gardeners and growers.
  • Grownative.org
    Native plant information and landscape guide from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and Dept. of Agriculture’s Grow Native program.
  • Missouri Master Gardeners
    The Master Gardener program provides in-depth horticultural training to individuals who in turn volunteer their time and learning with others in their community. Check the library calendar (link) for any upcoming programs presented by local Master Gardeners.
  • Missouri Native Plants
    Information on native plants and environmentally friendly practices provided by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation.
  • Columbia Boone County Rain Garden Program
    “The Missouri River Communities Network is working with the City of Columbia & Boone County Commission to implement a public rain garden program in Boone County.” Download the Rain Garden Guide brochure by Scott Hamilton from the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration Project.
  • Rain Gardens - Columbia
    Information from the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration Project on using native plants in rain gardens; with examples of some rain garden projects in Columbia.
  • Organic Gardening
    Organic gardening basics from Rodale publishing and Organic Gardening magazine.
  • Organic Gardeninfo.com
    Organic Gardening information blog.

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Sustainable Farming

  • SIRS Researcher
    Click on Leading Issues.
  • EBSCO
    Search undersubject Sustainable Agriculture
  • Infotrac
    Search under Sustainable Agriculture
  • University of Missouri Extension – Boone County, Callaway County
    Provides diagnostics for farmers, growers and home gardeners dealing with plant diseases, infestation or wishing to have their soil tested.
  • Bradford Research and Extension Center – Columbia
    Hosts annual events Native Plant Field Day and the Tomato Festival. Check the link "Educational Showcase" for information on topics such as "Building a Solar Passive Greenhouse" or about the Bradford Rose Garden.
  • Small Farm Today Magazine
    Missouri bi-monthly magazine of "alternative and traditional crops and livestock" with links to online articles about small farm sustainability.
  • Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board - Missouri
    Provides links to all the research programs, experiment stations and statistical data through the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the MU Extension.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
    Funded by the USDA, the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program provides competitive grants and educational opportunities for those who want to explore sustainable agriculture.
  • Terra Bella Farm
    Founded in 1999 Terra Bella Farm “is becoming a model of small-farm, sustainable agriculture” providing produce to local consumers and restaurants. Its produce is sold at the Root Cellar in Columbia and it plans to open a micro brewery this year. It also hosts The Missouri Grain Project, Mid-Missouri Barn Quilt and a timber stand improvement project. Terra Bella will offer one or two summer internships in 2009. For more information on the internships contact Margot McMillen at 573-642-6226 or Walker Claridge at 573-592-7299.

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Purchasing Native

  • Missouri Wildflower Nursery
    This nursery sells native Missouri perennials, both seeds and plants. Has tips for growing native plants, recommended books and downloadable order form which may be mailed or faxed to the nursery.
  • Prairie Hill Farm
    Sells native perennials, plants & seeds. [Map]
  • Rocky Post Wildflowers Nursery
    5798 Windy Meadows Lane, Fulton MO 65251, 573-642-6927 [Map]
    Aquatics, shrubs, contract growing or seed collecting.
  • Missouri Native Plant Society
    Sells native plants at Earth Day and Heritage Festivals in Columbia.

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