Living on the Land meetings scheduled for May 3 and 8

Have you been wondering how to maximize the potential of your backyard or small acreage to provide fresh and safe food?

The Wildcat Extension District will be hosting a free meeting called “Living On the Land” in May at two different locations and times in southeast Kansas.

On May 3 the meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Independence Community College West Campus, 2615 West Main, in Independence, Kansas. Barbara Ames, Wildcat Extension District Family and Consumer Sciences agent, will share about “Utilizing Herbs for Flavor and Fragrance,” followed by a discussion titled “Getting the Most Out of your Garden” featuring Jacob Weber, Wildcat Extension District Horticulture agent. The event will be rounded out by Jeri Geren, Wildcat Extension District Agriculture agent, who plans to discuss “Starting a Backyard Poultry Flock.”

On May 8 the meeting site will be at the Pittsburg Nazarene Church, 816 E. Quincy St., Pittsburg, Kansas, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. In addition to the topics listed above, the Pittsburg meeting will include a discussion on “Options for Small Acres,” led by John Hobbs, retired ag and rural development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.

To reserve your spot at either of these free meetings, call the Wildcat Extension District Independence office at 620-331-2690.

An informational flyer can be downloaded from the Wildcat District Web site at For more information, contact Jeri Geren, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resources, at [email protected] or 620-331-2690.