Community Resources to Connect, Learn and Share

…and they are all free from Nebraska Extension!

Educational Community Resources

Have you ever been asked to present a program or talk to a civic or community group, club or professional organization? Sometimes looking up ideas and information, then organizing it can be challenging and take a lot of time. Nebraska Extension is making it a lot easier for you by providing educational resources for you – free, on-line! No sign-in required.  Everything from the benefits of Chocolate (love this!) to timely resources on bullying and finances.  Here are the current programs available for 2014 and what’s coming for 2015:

For details about each program and to download the free educational resources, visit http://www.extension.unl.edu/communityprograms

2015:

  • What’s in Your Drink? Making Healthier Choices (coming soon)
  • Little Kids Cook! (available on-line now)

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Rethinking Food Waste

Food Waste Graphic from Tufts University

Let’s do better when it comes to food waste!

November 15 was America Recycles Day. It isn’t often that we get a chance to relate food to recycling but when you think of food waste, we can do better.

I don’t have a garbage disposal at my house so what food and food scraps I don’t use are either tossed or composted. One of my solutions to reduce waste is to compost with worms.  Redworms eat their bedding (shredded newspaper) and food scraps leaving you with a rich soil amendment for plants. Worm composting (called “vermicomposting”) can be done year-round and is a great project for the entire family. Of course, having a bin of worms under your kitchen sink isn’t for everyone, but if you are at least curious give it a try. Learn more about vermicomposting here. Continue reading

Free October NEBLINE is On-line! Grab it!

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter  is on-line

The October issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. You’re bound to find something for nearly everyone in your family.

Below I’ve listed some of the articles featured in the free on-line October issue.

Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the October 2014 NEBLINE!

  • Smart Snacking!
  • So Many Ways to Connect to UNL Extension’s Food Resources
  • Walnut Trail Mix Recipe
  • Halloween Safety Tips
  • Ask Lorene: How do I clean my flat screens (TV or computer) without using harsh chemicals?
  • Family Cell Phone Rules
  • Wanted: Craft and Hobby Entrepreneurs in Nebraska
  • Tips for Time Management
  • AARP Driver Safety Program, Nov. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Freeze Effects on Forages
  • Managing Resistant Weeds
  • Is Your Dog Prepared for Winter?
  • Potatoes Turning Green
  • October Garden Guide
  • Tiny Bugs with a Big Bite
  • Now’s the Time to Do Some “Pest-Proofing!”
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Check out the September NEBLINE Newsletter!

September NEBLINE issue

Clementine and Clyde checking out The NEBLINE newsletter. Of course there’s something in the free NEBLINE for just about everyone!

The September issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline! Like last month, you’ll find something in the NEBLINE for nearly everyone! Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s free issue:

  • 4-H Youth Showcase Their Achievements at Super Fair
  • Avoid These Canning Practices!
  • We’ve got a free class coming up! Quick, Tasty, Healthy, 5-Ingredient Recipes, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30–8 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Ask Lorene: Do I need to clean my dishwasher?
  • Activities to Help Me Grow! From The Learning Child Blog
  • Helping Reduce Falls in Older Adults Program: Stepping On Workshop to Reduce Falls, Sept. 8–Oct. 20 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Fall is the Best Time for Control of Tough Weeds
  • Predicting Last Irrigation of the Season for Crops
  • Water Meter Calculator App and CornWater Irrigation Management Online Tools Now Available
  • Flowers That Tower
  • September Garden Guide
  • Cicada Killers and Steel-Blue Cricket Hunters – Wasp
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Info

If you live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, here are the upcoming household hazardous waste collection dates, times, locations:

The next Household Hazardous Waste for Lancaster County residents will be Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Wal-Mart, 8700 Andermatt Drive, (87th and Hwy 2).

The May collection is Saturday, May 17th at Zoetis, 601 West Cornhusker Highway

To reduce the amount of household hazardous wastes the following is suggested:

  • Buy the least toxic products to do the job.
  • Buy only the amount you need for the job.
  • Read product labels carefully.
  • Reuse or recycle household products, whenever possible.

For more information on disposal of specific items like medicine, paint, CFL and more, read Hazardous Household Waste – it was updated 4/25/2014.

To find out about Hazardous Household Waste collections in your community, contact your local extension office. Find your local office.

Have a great day!

Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator

There are Worms Under My Sink: Vermicomposting!

I stopped by the office Sunday to check on the ducklings we hatched on 4-H Embryology EGG Cam (they are adorable!). After feeding the ducks, I popped into my office and checked my voicemail. One message – “Hi! I’d like some help getting started with vermicomposting!” Well, yes ma’am! We can help you with that! And, I love sharing the story of worms and compost!

Vermicomposting is the process of composting using worms – specifically redworms or “red wigglers” (Eisenia foetida). Vermicomposting can be done year-round and is another way you can reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill.

Vermicomposting bins have been kept in apartments, homes, businesses and schools. I’ve had a vermicomposting bin in my home for many years. We don’t have a garbage disposal and I didn’t want to throw green waste away. I also wanted a way I could compost year-round. Plus, it was a great activity for the entire family – everyone eats, everyone contributes!

My vermicomposting bin is kept under the kitchen sink! You may be cringing and initially, I had my doubts too! I thought I’d have all sorts of issues but I quickly found out when a bin is well-cared for, it is very low maintenance. My bins have never smelled “bad” (the smell is like freshly turned soil in the spring) and I never had a problem with pests getting into the bin. My bin isn’t large and is a bit bigger than a shoe box – think sweater box size. The bedding for the worms is shredded newspapers. The food? Non-fatty kitchen scraps. The redworms eat the bedding and the kitchen scraps, the resulting compost makes an amazing soil amendment.

Redworms are used because they are well-suited to a small bin kept at room temperatures. Because these worms are not native in Nebraska, we have to order them or try to find a bait shop selling redworms to fishermen.

If you’d like to try your hand, check out “Vermicomposting