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Food insecure in Kentucky? Not if UK Cooperative Extension has a say in battle against hunger

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the state, sickening people, shuttering businesses, closing schools and temporarily crimping the food supply, a lot of people found themselves suddenly wondering how they would be able to feed their families. Without any warning, more Kentuckians than usual found themselves among the “food insecure.” To be food insecure...

UK helps teens develop life skills with ‘Adulting 101’ online course; new program begins June 16

By Seth Riker University of Kentucky Does babysitting belong on a resume? Can healthy meals come from a box? How do credit cards work? Such questions are common for high school students, and the University of Kentucky is providing answers with a new online program. This summer, UK is launching “Adulting 101,” an online life skills course for teenagers. Over the course of eight weeks,...

UK to hold Kentucky Maple Day on Feb. 1; local syrup product dates back to region’s first settlers

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky There’s something sweet bubbling up in the forests of Kentucky: maple syrup production. Through the first Kentucky Maple Day on Feb. 1, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension and the Kentucky Maple Syrup Association want to introduce folks to local maple syrup, with a history that goes back to the region’s first settlers. “We have a long history...

Worth the Wait: 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp gave youth front-row seat for once-in-a-lifetime event

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward At 11:55 a.m. CDT last Monday, Cory Stone, NASA solar system ambassador, gave the call for eclipse glasses to go on and excitement ensued. The moment for which campers at the 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp had been waiting had arrived. The viewing of the total solar eclipse was the culmination of a weekend of learning and fun at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp. Located in Dawson...

Giving Back: Incoming UK freshman makes her hometown of Burkesville a more beautiful place

By Katie Pratt and Jeff Franklin Special to KyForward Molly Morgan takes pride in her hometown of Burkesville. As a high school junior, the 4-H’er set out to make the town and Cumberland County a more beautiful place. “I attended the Rogers Scholars program two years ago, and they really encourage you to go home and give back to your community,” Morgan said. “Burkesville is known for its tourism,...

Foot Traffic: Greensburg’s Merchant Mile good for business, good for residents’ health

Walker Suzanne Taylor takes a break from her walk to talk with Julia Hartfield, owner of Mitchell and Edwards Boutique in Greensburg. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Audrey Myers wants a bright future for Greensburg, and as the Green County family and consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, she is taking strides...

As 2015’s sesquicentennial nears, UK recognizes, celebrates its roots in agriculture

Breathitt County ag agent H.B. Cravens and home demonstration agent Mary Louise Scott travel by mule to visit residents sometime between 1934 and 1940. (Photo from FCS archives)   By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward   While the University of Kentucky prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial, it is also recognizing that the “roots” of the institution in large measure can be found...

Monthly cooking class helps families learn
to prepare nutritious meals on limited budget

Cooking class participants recently learned to make an economical and nutritious corn and zucchini dish. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Inside the La Grange YMCA, mothers and grandmothers bounced babies to quiet them, while people of all ages sat in chairs, along walls and stood in the adjoining gym to watch Christine Duncan cook corn and zucchini.   For...