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UK Cooperative Extension webinar series offers tips for vegetable, landscape gardeners as spring nears

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Kentucky homeowners who want to up their game in vegetable or landscape gardening will have a lot of opportunities in the coming months. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering a variety of free webinars that people can join from their home computers or smartphones. “Last year we had a record number of home gardens being put...

UK Extension Service volunteers fulfill need of region’s health care workers during pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As COVID-19 cases escalated across the state, a group of University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service volunteers in Northeast Kentucky stepped up to make sure local health care workers had proper protection to administer COVID-19 tests. The Lewis County Extension office was contacted by Primary Plus, which operates 10 clinics across the region. The health...

Bake-A-Long keeps 4-H’ers in the kitchen during pandemic, returning normalcy to everyday life

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service club is keeping young people engaged with 4-H and returning some normalcy to their lives during these uncertain times by teaching them to bake. Each month, nearly 100 youth sign on to the videoconferencing platform Zoom to participate in the monthly meetings of the Kentucky 4-H Bake-A-Long Club. During the...

UK Cooperative Extension Service agent receives national award for leadership, innovation

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky An agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received national recognition for her visionary leadership and innovative programs. Jennifer Bridge, Meade County family and consumer sciences extension agent, was the recipient of the National Distinguished Service Award from Epilson Sigma Phi, an organization dedicated to extension...

UK Cooperative Extension Service’s Healthy at Home newsletter now available in Spanish

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Healthy at Home newsletter is now available in Spanish. The online publication offers educational information for individuals and families, as they work through various impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We decided to translate our newsletter into Spanish, because we did not want language to...

Kentucky 4-H summer camping program suspended for 2020 due to pandemic, gathering restrictions

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current gathering restrictions, the Kentucky 4-H program is suspending its traditional 10-week summer camp at its four regional camping centers. “The 4-H camp directors are working to create an alternative schedule that will be modified based on the number of weeks available once gathering restrictions are lifted,” said Mark...

UK extension service offering free ‘Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays’ to bring spring into your home

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Stuck in the house and dreaming of spring and gardens? The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering free “Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays” on a number of topics. Participants will glean information they will need as the days grow longer and they spend more time “social distancing” outside in their gardens. UK specialists and...

AquaBots camp gives girls glimpse at science, technology, math and engineering careers

Participating in AquaBots from left to right are: Divya Sunderam, Keziah Thomas and Katie O’Niell. (Photo from UK)   By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward   Nineteen girls from grades seven to 11 participated in AquaBots, a STEM camp (science, technology, engineering and math) designed just for girls. Hosted by the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative and the University of Kentucky, the...

Gena Bigler: Growing a garden, no matter
how small, can be immensely rewarding

During World Wars I and II, Americans at home helped support the war effort by growing victory gardens. With so much of the workforce overseas, farms suffered. By growing some of the food themselves, Americans were empowered by taking their needs into their own hands and their own yards. By the end of the war, Americans were producing 40 percent of the food consumed. Today, even the White House...

Gena Bigler: Growing a garden, no matter how small, can be immensely rewarding

During World Wars I and II, Americans at home helped support the war effort by growing victory gardens. With so much of the workforce overseas, farms suffered. By growing some of the food themselves, Americans were empowered by taking their needs into their own hands and their own yards. By the end of the war, Americans were producing 40 percent of the food consumed. Today, even the White House...

USDA grant will enable Fayette County schools to expand Farm to School programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has awarded Fayette County Public Schools a $45,000 Farm to School planning grant, which will improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The goal is to help students understand the connections between local food and science, agriculture, nutrition and health. The federal grant will enable FCPS to expand its Farm to School program...