What’s In Our Big Backyard?

The Graves-Chapple Research Center is opening its doors for anyone interested in celebrating and learning about agriculture, gardening and food.

The event, “What’s In Our Big Backyard?” will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Graves-Chapple Research Center near Corning, Mo.

The Graves-Chapple Research Center will host the "What's In Our Big Backyard?" event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Photo by Logan Jackson.The Graves-Chapple Research Center will host the “What’s In Our Big Backyard?” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Photo by Logan Jackson.

“This is an opportunity for us to talk with anyone that is interested in agriculture,” Superintendent Jim Crawford said. “We really want people to come in and ask questions, have fun and just really enjoy themselves.”

The event is free to attend and will include a free lunch. The event includes presentations, live demonstrations and several booths.

The event will be family friendly as well, with a petting zoo, coloring table and trolley ride for children.

“We’re excited to get the entire family to the farm,” Crawford said.

There will also be an opportunity to play games and hear in-depth research throughout the day.

“It will be a great atmosphere to ask questions,” Crawford said. “We’ll have all kinds of activities for every age group.”

Topics include lawn and garden tips, what type of technology is used in agriculture, raising chickens, the uses of corn and soybeans, and flower gardening. Those are just a few of the topics, too.

“Everyone is tied to agriculture in some way,” Crawford said. “There is a lot of bad information out there where people aren’t telling the whole story about agriculture. We want to pass along the correct information.”

There will be a retired meat cutter on hand to discuss the different type of cuts and selecting the best one. Pink pumpkins will be on sale with the proceeds going to cancer awareness, too.

The Graves-Chapple Research Center is located at 29955 Outer Road, Fairfax, MO 64446. For more information, call 660-744-6231 or email crawfordj@missouri.edu.