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A training Thursday for selected elementary teachers at Springfield Public Schools will help them teach in an outdoor setting and increase students’ awareness of healthy food options.

The “Farm-to-School” training is aided by a USDA grant that incorporates fresh, local produce into school meal programs. SPS has coordinated with MU Extensions, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Community Partnership of the Ozarks for this training.

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An architecture workshop on Saturday in Springfield will address the future of 3.5 acres of land along Commercial Street, including the Missouri Hotel. Owned by the Kitchen, Inc., the eight total buildings and several lots are up for sale as the non-profit relocates.

Faculty and students from the Hammons School of Architecture’s Center for Community Studies (CCS) will lead the session to identify how best to develop the area.  They will present their ideas to partners and stakeholders including the Landmarks Board and Springfield’s Planning and Development department.

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Planning ahead for death is usually not something people want to think about. However, having your affairs in order before you go into the great beyond is an action for consideration.

Setting up an estate plan, a transfer of your personal wealth and assets after death, helps to organize and streamline decisions so that the family left grieving won’t have to wander through red tape to acquire lingering possessions. Janet LaFon, MU Extension family financial education specialist for Jasper County, outlines the need for such a plan.     

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A new directory highlights the “who’s who” of Missouri’s historic and one-room schools. KSMU’s Simone Cook tells us more about the publication, which includes details on roughly 50 schools.

“The Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools” was published in October by David Burton and Jennifer Kerivan. Burton, of the MU Extension and creator of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, says the directory helps tell part of the history of education in Missouri.

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Committed to preserving the state’s agricultural history, the University of Missouri Extension each year honors farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. This year, Greene County is hosting its first Salute to Century Farms event.

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