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Adam Saunders

The 50th annual Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre at MU season is well underway, and the wow factor keeps coming. Opening tonight is 'Ragtime the Musical', which director JOY POWELL says is coming together thanks to the efforts of a "whole village." Also, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS is breathing a sigh of relief now that the Columbia Farmers Market can finally - after many weather-related delays - call the pavilion structure at the new Agriculture Park home. So what's next? (3:40) July 11, 2019

Agriculture Park will officially open this Saturday, weather-permitting, after many years of fundraising and construction! Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS tells us why it's the ultimate compliment to the neighboring Activity and Recreation Center. Also, HANNA REEVES invites everyone to come and enjoy a new experience at the newly-expanded Sager | Braudis Gallery in downtown Columbia! (4:35) May 16, 2019

To say this winter has been a challenge is a bit of an understatement. Nobody knows that better than ADAM SAUNDERS, who says the cold weather - and therefore the cold ground - has delayed the grand opening of Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's new Agriculture Park. And speaking of the winter weather, NICK FOSTER tells us about Voluntary Action Center's efforts to shelter those without during the extreme cold, and to help those in need of rent assistance. (3:55) March 7, 2019

The grand opening of Columbia’s agriculture park has been delayed due to cold temperatures.

The agriculture park was set to open March 9 at Clary-Shy Community Park. The park is a collaboration between Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Parks and Recreation, Columbia Farmers Market and Sustainable Farms and Communities. 

“Our tentative opening date of the agriculture park will be April 27,” Adam Saunders, the Build This Town campaign director said.

Even in a rough year - like it was this year - the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture produces 16,000 pounds of food. Next year looks to be even bigger because, as ADAM SAUNDERS tells us, CCUA is moving to the brand new 'Agriculture Park' in west-central Columbia! Also, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri's CHRISTA HOLTZCLAW tells us that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children in our community are 'food insecure', and it's likely someone you know. Volunteering is one way to help "fill the gap." (5:01) December 20, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about the 16th annual  Piano Student Showcase. See for yourself 30 local piano students - the youngest of which is 6 years-old - on stage at the Missouri Theatre this Sunday afternoon! At [4:17] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to the Columbia Farmers' Market this Saturday for the official groundbreaking on the new Agriculture Park! Adam says, "we'll be tripling our production size" after the move from Fay Street. November 16, 2017

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

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

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

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS about this Sunday's Columbia CROP Hunger Walk at Stephens Lake Park! The purpose of the walk is to raise money and awareness for local organizations that help combat hunger and poverty, so consider sponsoring a neighbor, a friend or even yourself! At [3:45] LYNN BARNETT and SALLY SILVERS join us to talk about the many facets of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. This now 20 year-old program aims to "stimulate creativity and innovation" beyond what our tax dollars alone can do. Watch for details! September 21, 2016

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

New Development Using Edible Landscaping

May 14, 2015
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.