Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Today Paul Pepper visits with Dr. MICHELLE MARSHALL about the annual "Blessing of the Animals" service this Sunday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia! As always, your four-legged family member is also welcome at this special occasion that's sure to be a memorable experience for everyone who attends. At [3:37] ADAM SAUNDERS invites you and your friends to come out to the Urban Farm this Saturday for the 8th annual Harvest Hootenanny! Enjoy a locally-grown meal prepared by students in the culinary program at the Columbia Area Career Center. It'll be fun for the whole family! October 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, about a brand new, 10 acre "agriculture park" that's set to break ground in 2017. This is an effort that's years in the making, but will benefit our community for years to come! Tour the park's future home (just west of the ARC) this Saturday - watch for details! At [3:22] we meet Missouri River Regional Library's new marketing coordinator, NATALIE NEWVILLE! Natalie tells us about a new summer reading program for the whole family and their "video game night" for teenagers - plus a whole lot more! May 3, 2017

GEORGE KENNEDY: Urban Agriculture on the Rise in Columbia

Apr 17, 2017
Missouri School of Journalism

I make it a practice never to turn down free food and drink, so when Jeff Chinn invited me to a program this week at the new Barred Owl restaurant, I accepted instantly.

It turned out that, along with the exotic nourishment, the 100 or so of us in attendance got a useful reminder that “urban agriculture” is not the oxymoron it might appear to be.

Instead, what that term means for Columbia is, at the moment, a 1.3-acre mid-city cooperative garden and, just over the horizon, an ambitious Agriculture Park on the old fairgrounds next to the Activity and Recreation Center and the Columbia Farmers Market.

Monday night’s gathering was the quiet launch of what will be a three-stage, $5 million fund drive with the goal of creating a 5-acre garden and outdoor classroom...

Read the complete column at the Missourian.

CCUA Puts on “Empty Bowls” Event to Fight Hunger

Mar 20, 2017

"Empty Bowls" is a national event, and this week, Columbia locals were able to get a taste of the event themselves.

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture hosted “Empty Bowls” on Sunday at the Missouri United Methodist Church to raise awareness of hunger in the community. All of the donations raised will go toward the Planting for the Pantry program. A meal of soup and bread was provided for attendees, as well as a table full of free items to pick up such as postcards and a “Planting for the Pantry Pledge Card.”

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, co-organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference happening May 6th in Columbia! Erin tells us about author Maya Shetreat-Klein's book, "The Dirt Cure," which focuses on raising kids to eat food 'straight from the soil'. Dr. Shetreat-Klein will be one of four speakers at this conference. Register today! At [3:30] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to 'Empty Bowls', a FREE soup meal this Sunday at Missouri United Methodist Church. You're encouraged to buy an 'empty bowl', proceeds of which will support CCUA's Food Pantry project. Watch for details! March 16, 2017

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I think there’s a book out there called Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think that is a great concept, and I think there could be a book written, or at least a saying that goes something like Everything I Really Needed to Know in Life I Learned From Gardening. And today on Farm your Yard, I would like to explain what I mean by that. Let’s talk about what gardening can do for you.

Today Paul Pepper and ADAM SAUNDERS talk about this Saturday's Harvest Hootenanny, a popular toast to a successful growing season and a fundraiser for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. This year - the seventh - you'll enjoy a Missouri-grown meal, beer, games and live music. It'll be fun for the whole family! At [3:22] MICHELLE MARSHALL and TIM CARSON invite everyone out to the annual 'Blessing of the Animals' service this Sunday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia! Your four-legged family member is also welcome at this special occasion featuring two guest speakers and plenty of memories. October 5, 2016

Farm Your Yard - Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Jan 12, 2016
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a great gardening year, I can feel it in my bones. Over the holiday season, I, like most folks, spent lots of time with family. It was a great time to get together, joke, eat things we shouldn’t and watch plenty of Netflix. And, being the resident plant nerd of both mine and my husband’s family, I got asked a few questions about basic botany.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, about all the ways CCUA mentors people in our community on how to get the most out of their garden. At [3:48] Second Chance Executive Director VALERIE CHAFFIN joins us for the last time before a move to North Carolina. We say goodbye and meet interim director KERRI BURROWS. Watch! October 7, 2015

Farm Your Yard: There's Always Next Year

Oct 1, 2015
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

If you are a backyard gardener you are well aware that we are about to turn the last curve into the homestretch of the 2015 gardening season. If you are really on top of things, you already have all or most of your fall greens and roots planted, and if you are really on top of things, those fall veggies are already peeping out of the ground. But don’t worry, if you aren’t quite there, you still have a little time to get outside and plant your last crop of lettuce and radishes for the season. While it might seem a bit premature, let’s stop and take a fond look back at the 2015 gardening season.


Credit: Chris Murakami

Some gardeners go it alone finding that digging in the dirt is good medicine best taken in solitude.

For other gardeners, growing food with friends and neighbors makes everything taste sweeter.

On this installment of Farm Your Yard, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove talked to local community gardeners Chris Murakami and Ellis Cole about how they came to be part of a community garden on St. James Street. 

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Almost every gardener has a tomato plant or two. This week on Farm Your Yard, Carrie Hargrove from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture takes us on tour of the tomato through time.


Jason Hoffman / KBIA

With new housing developments being built at a rapid rate in Columbia, developers need to find ways to make their projects uniqueWhile some build a golf course or a pool, The Gates on the southwest side of Columbia is focusing on food, specifically Urban Agriculture.  What that means is that the common space in the development will have fruit and vegetable plants instead of just ornamental landscaping.  Adam Saunders from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is in charge of the project and he believes this will give the development a unique identity. 

Farm Your Yard: Connecting Through Gardens

Apr 15, 2015
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

On this installment of Farm Your Yard, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove discusses the ways in which a garden can build community and reconnect us to the environment.


Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

As warmer temperatures set in and the days grow longer, Carrie Hargrove is thinking about building new beds. What's the process? Find out on this week's Farm Your Yard.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

With a little work you can eat homegrown spinach, salad greens and carrots earlier than ever before with a low-cost cold frame. The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Carrie Hargrove tells us how on this episode of Farm Your Yard.


Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Winter days can get short and winter nights can get really long. As a gardener, you can use this period to your advantage by planning now for next year's growing season. In this episode of KBIA's Farm Your Yard, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove discusses the steps involved in planning for success in the 2015 garden.


Trevor Harris / KBIA

Garlic is a relatively simple crop to grow in your yard or garden. Plant it in the fall under a good cover of mulch and with a little care you'll harvest your garlic bulbs early the following summer. On this the first installment of KBIA's Farm Your Yard host Carrie Hargrove walks us through the process. Carrie is the Farm Manager for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Ashley Reese / KBIA


  It’s harvest time in Mid-Missouri and students at some Columbia Public Schools are getting the opportunity to learn about the science behind their favorite foods. These new lessons are thanks to a partnership with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Ashley Reese / KBIA

  Leemer Cernohlavek stood in the front of a classroom, scrolling through pictures of his apple orchard on the teacher’s smart board. He was describing his work to second and third graders, who sat quietly listening on a rainbow-colored square rug.

This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with staff and clients of the Columbia Center for  Urban Agriculture. The non-profit celebrates the 2014 growing season with their harvest Hootenanny this Saturday.