To learn about the precautions CCUA is taking in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, please read this letter from our Executive Director. For better or for worse, this pandemic is coinciding with the start of the gardening season. At a time when many of us are stuck at home with concerns about food and our health, we see an opportunity to reach out to encourage and educate people about gardening, spending time outside, and eating well. This is one of the best things that CCUA can do right now. We are offering a number of free online educational resources for you and your family during this time of social isolation.

Stay Home! Weekly Cash Challenge

Calling all kids in Boone County, MO! Every week school is out, you have the opportunity to win $100 cash. CCUA will choose a theme each week. All you have to do is submit an piece of art related to that theme. Submit a photo, video, drawing, or poem before Thursday at midnight. We will post an album of the finalists every Friday at 5pm. The submission with the most votes wins cash!


Virtual Garden-Side Chats and Workshops

Join CCUA for virtual Garden-Side Chats, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:00pm – 12:30pm Central time. Have the whole family gather around and join us during lunch for these fun chats, mini workshops and Q & A with a CCUA gardener. This is the perfect time to start your garden and grow your own food!


Our Virtual Educational Gardening video series will ensure our kids don’t “veg out” over this extended closure. Tune every Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and 4:00pm for this kid-focused programming to discover the wild nature of our back yards, perform science experiments, eat plants, make crafts, and more!

Monday/ Friday @ 10am – Backyard Biodiversity
Tuesday/ Thursday @ 10am – Science for Everyone
Wednesday @ 10am- Craft time with Clint
Tuesday & Thursday @ 4pm – Cooking Class

Free Seeds

CCUA is stocking local “Little Free Libraries” in Columbia with seeds so that you can spend your social isolation time planting a garden. Here is a list of the locations we’ve been stocking: 1605 Limerick Lane, 1021 Crestland Ave, 511 Hickman Ave, 2222 Bluff Blvd, 2322 Meadow Lark Lane, 1601 Hanover Blvd, 3500 Snow Leopard Dr, and 1207 Smith St.

Our updated events calendar below has a full listing of CCUA’s virtual learning opportunities.


I want help with a garden at my home or workplace.

I want to garden at home and I live with a low-income.

Families whose children qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to participate in our Opportunity Gardens Program. This program provides you with materials and mentoring so that you can be a successful home gardener. There is no cost to participating families.

I want to garden at home or at my workplace and I do not live with a low-income.

Our GardenPro Service helps households, businesses, and agencies start and maintain their own gardens and orchards. Services include garden installation, one-on-one mentoring, and garden maintenance. Contact Matthew Dolan to set up your free consultation today.

I want to volunteer.

I want to join a regular volunteer shift with CCUA.

This type of shift is good if you can make the regular, weekly time commitment. This is a good option for students who are looking to volunteer for are often students looking to earn internship/class credit. If you would like to volunteer for regular weekly shifts, please complete an application in our volunteer portal. Create an account, log in and start applying for volunteer opportunities. After you submit your application, someone will be in touch to schedule an orientation.


I want to show up and volunteer without RSVPing or any future commitments.

This type of shift is good if you cannot make a long-term volunteer commitment, but would like to help from time to time. Our only drop in volunteer opportunity is currently at Kilgore's Community Garden (701 N Providence Rd) the Kilgore’s Community Garden every Wednesday evening from April – October at 5pm - Sunset.


I want to organize a volunteer workday for my group (workplace, church, club).


"Group" Volunteer Shifts:

This type of shift is good for workplaces, church groups, social clubs, or scout troops who want to spend time together working on a service project. Volunteer groups are an essential part of CCUA, participating in all aspects of planting, growing, harvesting and general upkeep and maintenance at one of our sites including: the Urban Farm, Agriculture Park, or Kilgore's Community Garden. Group workdays must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. To volunteer as a group the minimum age is 12 years old and volunteers from the age of 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone or supervisor. To schedule your group for a volunteer work day, please contact CCUA’s Operations Director, Carrie Hargrove at or by phone at (573) 514-4174.


I want to volunteer as a member of CCUA’s Board of Directors.

CCUA is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. If you would like to volunteer as a member of our Board of Directors, please visit our Board of Directors Page.


I want to donate.

I want to make a donation which supports CCUA’s overall mission.

Donations to CCUA support all of our programs and outreach in the community.

I want to Sponsor a Row through Planting for the Pantry.

I want my donation to support growing food for local food pantries by making a gift to the Planting for the Pantry Program.

I want to make an in-kind donation (like vehicles, other goods, or services).

CCUA also accepts donations of certain materials and services. If you'd like to make a large gift (vehicle, real estate, etc.), please contact Adam Saunders. If you'd like to donate materials like gardening tools, or seeds, please contact Tony Minnick before dropping anything off at the farm!

I want to include CCUA in my will or estate plan.

Consider CCUA in your will or estate plans.  Please contact our Development Director, Adam Saunders to find out more about donating stock, real estate and/or including the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture in your estate planning. Your bequest can leave a legacy of hands-on garden education and good food in our community.

I want to make a donation to Columbia's Agriculture Park.

Help us build the park that will feed this town! You can make a pledge or donation on the campaign website.

I want to visit the Urban Farm.

I want my group of students to go on a field trip at the Urban Farm.

A field trip at the Urban Farm is a hands on, interactive experience that gives youth an opportunity to connect their classroom knowledge to the natural world around them. Educational visits include a farm tour and educational activities.  To request a field trip, complete this form, and one of our staff educators will be in touch with you to schedule the field trip. To cover our costs we charge a fee of $7 per student. If this is a substantial burden, indicate on the form that your group is interested in receiving financial aid, grant funds may be available to cover these costs.

I want my group to tour the Urban Farm and learn about CCUA’s programs and impact in the community.

We love to get out and tell our story! To schedule a presentation, please contact Adam Saunders.

I want my group to tour the Urban Farm and learn about gardening techniques.

Our talented team of urban farmers would love to give your group a 45-minute tour at our Urban Farm. We’ve been growing food full time in Columbia since 2009. In that time we’ve had a lot of successes and failures which we’re happy to share with you. These tours are “Pay What You Can” with a suggested donation of $40 for your group. To schedule your tour, please contact Tony Minnick.

I just want to drop in.

Come by anytime! If you’re in the neighborhood you are welcome to walk through the farm and see what is going on.

I want CCUA’s staff to visit my group away from the Urban Farm.

I want CCUA’s educators to provide lessons at my site (school, club, church, etc.), or event.

CCUA’s staff educators can bring a hands on, interactive experience to you! 90-120 minute lessons include indoor or outdoor activities at your site. To request a lesson, complete this form, and one of our staff educators will be in touch with you to schedule the lesson. To cover our costs we charge a fee of $7 per student, if this is a burden inquire with our staff about the availability of grant funding to cover these costs.

I want someone to present to my group about CCUA’s programs and impact in the community.

We love to get out and tell our story! To schedule a presentation, please contact Adam Saunders.

I want someone to present to my group, or at my event about a specific topic (e.g. gardening techniques)

Our talented team has done everything from delivering keynote speeches to small workshops. If you would like to draw from our experience, please contact Billy Polansky. We generally request a speaking fee and reimbursement of travel / meal expenses.

I want to attend an event.

All public events are posted on our Facebook Events Page. If you do not have a facebook account, you can still view the events.

I want to interview someone from CCUA.

I am a member of the media.

To schedule an interview, please contact Development Director Adam Saunders.

I am a student researcher or journalist.

We are happy to help you gather the information and interviews you need for school reports, research papers, and student journalism projects. We ask all students first complete the Student Research Request Form.