Congratulations Vicki Wallace! Vicki, one of our Extension educators, was honored with the Dr. William H. Daniel Award at the STMA – Sports Turf Managers Association 2020 Conference. This prestigious award recognizes educators who have made significant contribution to the sports turf industry through research, teaching, or extension outreach.
The CT Farm to School Collaborative (CTFTSC) is actively seeking to fill a newly created part-time position of Project Coordinator. Applications due by February 5th. 75% of the Project Coordinator’s responsibility will be working with the state’s leading Farm-to-School partners and allies to implement the recently developed CT Farm to School Action Plan. This work includes coaching and coordinating with 3 Action Team Leaders, supporting the activities of 3 Action Teams, and maintaining excellent communication systems with all stakeholders. The remaining 25% of the Project Coordinator’s time will be directly supporting the work of the CTFTSC, which includes staffing the monthly meetings, managing the ctfarmtoshool.org website and google group, coordinating efforts for CT Grown for CT Kids Week, and working with CTFTSC members on key annual events. We hope to generate a competitive pool of candidates with strong representation from the global majority. View the job description.
Get the latest information on bedding plant crop diseases, case studies on greenhouse production issues and more from University experts and network with professionals and fellow growers. This educational program will feature the following topics of interest to those who produce spring crops in the greenhouse:
· Case Studies on Greenhouse Production Issues
Rosa Raudales, Greenhouse Extension Specialist, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
· The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Glyphosate, Candace Bartholomew, UConn Extension
· Tales from the Field, Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension, (Feb 6th only)
· Update on Bedding Plant Diseases, Abby Beissinger, UConn
· Recap 2019, Bedding Plant Diseases to Prepare for 2020, Dr. Yonghao Li, CAES (Feb 11th only)
· What’s New with Diamide Insecticides from OHP, Carlos Bogran, OHP (Feb 11th only)
For your convenience, this program will be offered in two separate locations.
· February 6th, this program will be offered from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tolland County Extension Office at 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT.
· February 11th, this program will be offered from 9:30 to 2:30 at the Litchfield County Extension Center at 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT.
Four Pesticide recertification credits available!
For more information, contact Leanne Pundt, at 860.626.6855 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Connecticut is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.
Agritourism and Direct Sales Survey – If you have visitors on your farm, ranch, vineyard, or fishery, you are invited to take part in a national survey about agritourism and direct sales. Whether you have a farmstand, u-pick, CSA, tastings, school field trips, events, tours, hunting, overnight stays, or open your farm to the public in any other ways, your experiences are important. This survey is confidential and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Results will be used to develop tools and resources for farmers. The survey will close January 31. Questions can be directed to Lisa Chase, email@example.com or 802-257-7967.
The survey is at: www.tinyurl.com/agritourismsurvey
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many use this as a day of service. Extension values the service our volunteers contribute. In 2019, they volunteered 207,887 hours across all programs, valued at $5.3 million to our communities.
Volunteers contribute knowledge and experience to Extension, and expand our capacity to deliver programs in every municipality and town of Connecticut. UConn Extension volunteers are from a range of sectors including robotics, information technology, project management, and agriculture.
Marlene Mayes, a volunteer with the Master Gardener program since 2004,
coordinates the Foodshare Garden at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm in Bloomfield. Each summer, the garden has over 600 community volunteers, who grow 4,000 pounds of vegetables donated to Foodshare. “Everything is research-based, the greenhouse and garden are about teaching and getting people to grow in their own backyard,” Mayes states.
We have volunteer opportunities for UConn students, and citizens throughout the state in several of our programs. Join us as a UConn Extension volunteer.
This vegetable production course is designed to benefit beginner vegetable producers who have 0-3 years of vegetable growing experience or no formal training in agriculture. The participants will learn answers to the basic questions about farm business planning, planning and preparing for vegetable farm, warm and cool-season vegetable production techniques, season extension, identification of biotic and abiotic issues, and marketing.
The UConn Extension RMA program has offered one-on-one advising sessions for several years. Due to the popularity of this program, we are offering 3 days this winter for you to meet in a private session with an advisor. We are offering a wide array of topics to choose from. The brochure has the full schedule.
Contact MacKenzie White at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-875-3331 to register.
Our UConn Expanded Food and Education Program (EFNEP) educators are often answer questions from participants about weight loss. Heather Pease, one of our EFNEP educators, offers the following guidelines:
How do I lose weight?
The beginning of a new year turns our focus towards renewal and change. Many people will make a “new year’s resolution” such as losing weight.
Losing weight requires changing habits and behavior. Instead of losing –let’s put the focus on ADDING physical activity for stronger bodies and eating more nutrient dense foods that builds healthy bodies!
“Smart goals” or specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely intentions can help you make a plan for success. If you want to lose weight in the new decade- ask yourself:
- Track what you eat for a week – where can you make some changes?
- Eat less calories and move more-
- Add more:
- Fruits and Vegetables are low in calories, and high in nutrients
- Add more: moving!
- Try a free food tracking app to figure out the quality and quantity of food you are eating.
- It can also tell you how many calories are you eating? How many calories are you burning?
Measure: How will you measure your changes?
- Use measuring cups and timers to help you identify how much you are eating and moving
- Log your movement with your phone
- Try a free app like google fit or apple health to help measure movement.
Attainable: What steps will take to lose weight
Try using your phone to schedule 3 minute movements every hour at work- That’s 24 minutes of movement- try walking in place or go for a walk
Realistic: It takes time and intention to make change
- Try to do add on to something you already do that is a good habit- when you eat dinner use a smaller plate
- Try to set a small goal of exercising for 10 minutes; set a reminder schedule it at the same time every day and it will soon catch on
Timely: Most goals have a deadline- when do you hope to achieve your goal- remember weight loss is about sustainability and health
- With weight loss the TIME piece can be how much time it takes to lose weight (usually 1 -2 pounds a month and maintain your new habits.
- Use time to help you ease into new habits, walk 20 minutes after work every day in my house instead of eating. It is important to look at present habits and make small intentional changes J
- Focus on adding minutes and activities to increase your physical activity, stamina and strength
Article by Heather Pease
“Among the Tides,” a new exhibit featuring the work of photographer Elizabeth Ellenwood, will be on display at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus from Jan. 23 through March 15, with an opening reception Jan. 24.
The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, located on the second floor of the Branford House at the Avery Point campus.
Ellenwood, recipient of a 2019 Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support award, uses historic and modern techniques to transform plastic beach trash and microplastics into images that call attention to global ocean pollution. She uses the cyanotype process developed in the mid-1800s to create photographic prints without using a camera of discarded plastic items such as balloons, take-out cups, sandwich bags and lighters. The images, on chemically treated blue paper exposed to the sun, are then transferred in a second step using the wet plate collodion process onto colored glass.