For the eighth year, South Farm Research Center will be hosting the South Farm Showcase on Sept. 27. Admission is free and events are scheduled for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the center south of Columbia operated by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri.
Exhibits will be set up across South Farm, offering visitors a chance to milk a cow, pet a goat, get face-to-face with reptiles, play with a baby pig, talk with a falconer and watch a parade of horses and mule team. Several educational opportunities also will be around throughout the day for homeowners and landowners from gardening tips to energy-efficient ideas for the home.
Enjoy the lush grass fields managed by staff and students while taking a run around the bases at the turf farm’s baseball field or sinking a putt on the golf greens. MU turf specialists also will be on hand to answer questions and offer ways to make your lawn the best in the neighborhood.
Experts from the MU Master Gardener Program also will be available to chat with the public about common plant problems, the right plants for the right spot and any other questions aspiring green thumbs may have. MU forestry specialists also will be on hand demonstrating a log-cutting sawmill and available to answer any arboreal questions.
For information about what is going on under the surface of yard, bring in a small soil sample from your garden or property. MU specialists will be on hand to perform soil health analysis and for $10 provide a test of your soil and give management recommendations.
Safety around the home is something every family should worry about. Representatives from the Boone County and Columbia fire department will have a safe house that shows what proper emergency preparation is needed.
Insect lovers will get a chance to see who is the fastest at the cockroach races or catch field insects of their own with the help of MU entomology specialists. Insect talk got you hungry? Then try one of the cooked and flavored insects prepared by the MU Entomology Club.
The Midwest has been known for its rollercoaster-like weather patterns. The team of meteorology experts from KOMU will be a part of the Showcase’s Main Street tent to share information about our weather and what future forecasts look like.
Also at Main Street will be a chance to savor Missouri-made wines at the Missouri Department of Agriculture booth. Information about grape growing and wine production will be available at the MU Grape and Wine Institute.
Earlier in September, MU’s nearby Bradford Research Center hosted its annual Tomato Festival with more than 250 tomatoes and peppers to sample. The party continues at this year’s Showcase in Main Street with locally grown vegetables.
Additional tents will be set up with food and drinks available for purchase including CAFNR’s own Buck’s Ice Cream featuring the popular Tiger Stripe flavor.
If looking to get into the fall spirit, make your way out of the corn maze or purchase a pumpkin. Floral displays and decorations from the MU Tiger Garden also will be available for purchase.
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