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07/24/2021

If you see a space between the waves, do not enter the water at this spot. The space without white caps indicates a dangerous riptide. If you find yourself in a riptide, swim to the right or left, toward the breaking waves to free yourself. If you remain in the middle you will be pulled further from shore into deeper water.

The fair has begun!  Join Purdue Extension at our booth in Expo East at the fair.  Visit our Master Gardener and his pla...
07/23/2021

The fair has begun! Join Purdue Extension at our booth in Expo East at the fair. Visit our Master Gardener and his plant display while he answers all your lawn and garden questions. Learn about all our FREE and low cost educational programs. Educational fun for all!!! https://www.portercountyfair.com

The fair has begun! Join Purdue Extension at our booth in Expo East at the fair. Visit our Master Gardener and his plant display while he answers all your lawn and garden questions. Learn about all our FREE and low cost educational programs. Educational fun for all!!! https://www.portercountyfair.com

Thanks to Aerial Influence, Purdue Extension-Porter County has a great new tool for agriculture and horticulture! The of...
07/15/2021

Thanks to Aerial Influence, Purdue Extension-Porter County has a great new tool for agriculture and horticulture! The office has nicknamed it “Rover” due to its almost dog-like face. This drone will allow us to make applications from the air of pesticides or cover crops. We are so excited to be on the cutting edge thanks to them! Watch for upcoming projects in the months to come. https://aerialinfluence.com/ https://www.facebook.com/aerialinfluence

Thanks to Aerial Influence, Purdue Extension-Porter County has a great new tool for agriculture and horticulture! The office has nicknamed it “Rover” due to its almost dog-like face. This drone will allow us to make applications from the air of pesticides or cover crops. We are so excited to be on the cutting edge thanks to them! Watch for upcoming projects in the months to come. https://aerialinfluence.com/ https://www.facebook.com/aerialinfluence

Follow these 4 easy rules of food safety from the CDC.
07/14/2021

Follow these 4 easy rules of food safety from the CDC.

Follow these 4 easy rules of food safety from the CDC.

Summertime means outdoor grilling and eating.  The warm weather and grill also mean extra safety precautions.  Follow th...
07/09/2021

Summertime means outdoor grilling and eating. The warm weather and grill also mean extra safety precautions. Follow these temperature guidelines from the CDC.

Our office will be closed Monday, July 5th, in honor of the holiday.  We will reopen Tuesday, July 6th at 8:30 am.
07/04/2021

Our office will be closed Monday, July 5th, in honor of the holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, July 6th at 8:30 am.

Our office will be closed Monday, July 5th, in honor of the holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, July 6th at 8:30 am.

It's always important to practice Food Safety, but with the 4th of July weekend and big gatherings, it is especially imp...
07/02/2021

It's always important to practice Food Safety, but with the 4th of July weekend and big gatherings, it is especially important. Follow these tips from the CDC to keep you, your family, and guests, safe and healthy.

1. Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often
Germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen.
Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food and before eating.
Wash your utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water.
Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water

2. Separate: Don't cross-contaminate
Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods—unless you keep them separate.
Use separate cutting boards and plates for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
When grocery shopping, keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from other foods.
Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods in the fridge.

3. Cook: To the right temperature
Food is safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. The only way to tell if food is safely cooked is to use a food thermometer. You can’t tell if food is safely cooked by checking its color and texture.
Use a food thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature. Check this chart for a detailed list of foods and temperatures
145°F for whole cuts of beef, pork, veal, and lamb (then allow the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or eating)
160°F for ground meats, such as beef and pork
165°F for all poultry, including ground chicken and turkey
165°F for leftovers and casseroles
145°F for fresh ham (raw)
145°F for fin fish or cook until flesh is opaque

4. Chill: Refrigerate and Freeze Food Properly
Keep your refrigerator at 40°F or below and know when to throw food out.
Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. (If outdoor temperature is above 90°F, refrigerate within 1 hour.)
Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. Never thaw foods on the counter, because bacteria multiply quickly in the parts of the food that reach room temperature

It's always important to practice Food Safety, but with the 4th of July weekend and big gatherings, it is especially important. Follow these tips from the CDC to keep you, your family, and guests, safe and healthy.

1. Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often
Germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen.
Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food and before eating.
Wash your utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water.
Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water

2. Separate: Don't cross-contaminate
Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods—unless you keep them separate.
Use separate cutting boards and plates for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
When grocery shopping, keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from other foods.
Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods in the fridge.

3. Cook: To the right temperature
Food is safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. The only way to tell if food is safely cooked is to use a food thermometer. You can’t tell if food is safely cooked by checking its color and texture.
Use a food thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature. Check this chart for a detailed list of foods and temperatures
145°F for whole cuts of beef, pork, veal, and lamb (then allow the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or eating)
160°F for ground meats, such as beef and pork
165°F for all poultry, including ground chicken and turkey
165°F for leftovers and casseroles
145°F for fresh ham (raw)
145°F for fin fish or cook until flesh is opaque

4. Chill: Refrigerate and Freeze Food Properly
Keep your refrigerator at 40°F or below and know when to throw food out.
Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. (If outdoor temperature is above 90°F, refrigerate within 1 hour.)
Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. Never thaw foods on the counter, because bacteria multiply quickly in the parts of the food that reach room temperature

Hello summer!  First dry, now wet, what will the rest of this unpredictable season bring?  It will bring growth, bounty,...
07/02/2021

Hello summer!
First dry, now wet, what will the rest of this unpredictable season bring? It will bring growth, bounty, beauty and joy to a gardener's heart. So, put down the trowel and enjoy reading the July issue of Garden Thyme! And, as always, we say thanks to everyone involved in creating this summer issue!
https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Vol-7-Issue-4-Garden-Thyme.pdf?_ga=2.204862294.757423352.1624990714-1736820663.1529432793

Hello summer!
First dry, now wet, what will the rest of this unpredictable season bring? It will bring growth, bounty, beauty and joy to a gardener's heart. So, put down the trowel and enjoy reading the July issue of Garden Thyme! And, as always, we say thanks to everyone involved in creating this summer issue!
https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Vol-7-Issue-4-Garden-Thyme.pdf?_ga=2.204862294.757423352.1624990714-1736820663.1529432793

What women can do for their man’s health:In addition to regular doctor visits, self-checks are a crucial and easy way to...
06/30/2021

What women can do for their man’s health:

In addition to regular doctor visits, self-checks are a crucial and easy way to protect your and your partner’s health. Despite their name, self-checks are much more thorough when done by a partner. For example, skin cancer in men is predominantly seen on their backs, which of course, is much easier to be seen by a partner. Getting your partner involved in your self-checks and being involved in his helps insure that they become a routine.


If the men in your life continue to avoid getting medical attention, the following approaches may help:



Find health providers which have weekend and evening appointments or have offices close to his work.


Schedule simultaneous appointments for the both of you and make fun plans to do something together afterwards.


Find out whether he is more comfortable seeing a male or female health care provider and make sure he’s seeing the one he prefers. On a related note, try to avoid physicians who tend to scold.


Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce your message.


Point out the connection between good health and good physical and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.

Gently remind him that his children will be influenced by the example he sets when forming life-long health habits.


Decide on an exercise routine that involves, and is enjoyable to, the both of you. If necessary, make the exercise out to be something for you that you need his support for even if it’s primarily for his own benefit.


Encourage him to celebrate Men’s Health Week by seeing a doctor about annoying health problems or getting a thorough check-up. You can give him the gift of health by setting an appointment for him as a Men’s Health Week gift.

What women can do for their man’s health:

In addition to regular doctor visits, self-checks are a crucial and easy way to protect your and your partner’s health. Despite their name, self-checks are much more thorough when done by a partner. For example, skin cancer in men is predominantly seen on their backs, which of course, is much easier to be seen by a partner. Getting your partner involved in your self-checks and being involved in his helps insure that they become a routine.


If the men in your life continue to avoid getting medical attention, the following approaches may help:



Find health providers which have weekend and evening appointments or have offices close to his work.


Schedule simultaneous appointments for the both of you and make fun plans to do something together afterwards.


Find out whether he is more comfortable seeing a male or female health care provider and make sure he’s seeing the one he prefers. On a related note, try to avoid physicians who tend to scold.


Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce your message.


Point out the connection between good health and good physical and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.

Gently remind him that his children will be influenced by the example he sets when forming life-long health habits.


Decide on an exercise routine that involves, and is enjoyable to, the both of you. If necessary, make the exercise out to be something for you that you need his support for even if it’s primarily for his own benefit.


Encourage him to celebrate Men’s Health Week by seeing a doctor about annoying health problems or getting a thorough check-up. You can give him the gift of health by setting an appointment for him as a Men’s Health Week gift.

Don't miss this great educational information on growing fruits!
06/29/2021
Munster High School: Fruit Tree Basics

Don't miss this great educational information on growing fruits!

Thank you for participating in the Fruitful Futures Program. Enjoy the video below! Once you have viewed the video: Please answer these questions about the program! The results of the survey are anonymous & voluntary, but are crucial for the grant as we continue with it. If you have any questions on...

Timeline Photos
06/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Multiple rounds of rain are expected to start Friday afternoon, becoming more likely and heavier over the weekend, lasting through Tuesday. Given the expected amounts and recent flooding that has left soil saturated, there is growing concern of repeat flooding in central and southern Indiana. Heaviest amounts of rain are aiming toward eastern Illinois and western Indiana, which would particularly affect the Wabash River basin. Please stay weather aware over the weekend and early next week.

Have you heard of the movement to create waste-free lunches?  Here’s how it works. Simply pack a lunch that creates very...
06/16/2021

Have you heard of the movement to create waste-free lunches? Here’s how it works. Simply pack a lunch that creates very little waste. Ideally, this means that when you are finished, all that will be left once your food is consumed, is reusable. For more information, visit https://www.epa.gov/students/pack-waste-free-lunch
#purdueextension #purdueuniversityhealthandhumansciencesextension #doitgreen

Have you heard of the movement to create waste-free lunches? Here’s how it works. Simply pack a lunch that creates very little waste. Ideally, this means that when you are finished, all that will be left once your food is consumed, is reusable. For more information, visit https://www.epa.gov/students/pack-waste-free-lunch
#purdueextension #purdueuniversityhealthandhumansciencesextension #doitgreen

Basic Fruit Tree Care!  Watch Here!In case you missed it, here is the presentation co-sponsored by Purdue Extension-Port...
06/15/2021
Munster High School: Fruit Tree Basics

Basic Fruit Tree Care! Watch Here!
In case you missed it, here is the presentation co-sponsored by Purdue Extension-Porter County and Munster High School on Basic Fruit Trees. Learn about the efforts at the High School and considerations for home orchards. Please take time for the short evaluation to assist with further grant efforts! The video is embedded in a Google form for easy watching and easy access to the evaluation. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8yvHdKlBiUxcSz8nve2IshD-1Ix8N8VTWeMud1IYmg0ifYA/viewform

Thank you for participating in the Fruitful Futures Program. Enjoy the video below! Once you have viewed the video: Please answer these questions about the program! The results of the survey are anonymous & voluntary, but are crucial for the grant as we continue with it. If you have any questions on...

Your home is where you and your family should feel safest, where you eat, sleep, cook, bathe, relax, and play with pets....
06/14/2021

Your home is where you and your family should feel safest, where you eat, sleep, cook, bathe, relax, and play with pets. Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially if your family members suffer from allergies or asthma. Take a few basic steps to reduce indoor air pollution in your home.

Read more: https://www.aafa.org/air-pollution-smog-asthma/

#DoItGreen #GoGreen #PurdueExtension Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Extension

Your home is where you and your family should feel safest, where you eat, sleep, cook, bathe, relax, and play with pets. Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially if your family members suffer from allergies or asthma. Take a few basic steps to reduce indoor air pollution in your home.

Read more: https://www.aafa.org/air-pollution-smog-asthma/

#DoItGreen #GoGreen #PurdueExtension Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Extension

Do you find yourself guiding or coaching community groups? If so, consider registering for the Community Coaching Learni...
06/09/2021
Purdue Online - Community Coaching Learning Community Online Course / August 2021

Do you find yourself guiding or coaching community groups? If so, consider registering for the Community Coaching Learning Circle. Purdue Extension Community Development is offering a professional development opportunity for individuals interested in honing their community coaching skills. Click on the link below for more information.
http://www.eventreg.purdue.edu/online/CCLCAug

Purdue Extension Community Development is offering a professional development opportunity for individuals interested in honing their community coaching skills.

Purdue Extension proudly partners with the Chamber of Commerce to provide the Valparaiso Leadership Academy. Application...
06/07/2021
Leadership Academy

Purdue Extension proudly partners with the Chamber of Commerce to provide the Valparaiso Leadership Academy. Applications are due next week!

Leadership Academy is a four-month community leadership program that prepares, challenges, and engages emerging and existing leaders to strengthen the community. Participants are exposed to the larger community, exploring the public/city government sector, private business sectors, and not-for-profi...

Washing and thoroughly drying reusable grocery bags can keep them clean and free of foodborne issues. Reusable bags can ...
05/31/2021

Washing and thoroughly drying reusable grocery bags can keep them clean and free of foodborne issues. Reusable bags can last a long time with proper care, but if bags are dirty, torn, and beyond repair, replace them. Keep in mind this important food safety message – “When in doubt, throw it out.”

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Washing and thoroughly drying reusable grocery bags can keep them clean and free of foodborne issues. Reusable bags can last a long time with proper care, but if bags are dirty, torn, and beyond repair, replace them. Keep in mind this important food safety message – “When in doubt, throw it out.”

#purdueextension #doitgreen Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Extension

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Calling all farmers, gardeners, crafters, and artists, have we got an opportunity for you! With all this crazy weather you may be out of your gourd, but we at the Indiana Gourd Society are definitely into ours! Ever seen a gourd birdhouse hanging in a tree? Did Granny have a gourd dipper down by the spring? Gourds have come a long way since “Follow the drinking gourd” guided slaves north to freedom by sighting on the Big Dipper. Nowadays gourds are both functional and decorative. Almost anything you can do to paper, canvas, wood, or clay, we can do to gourds: draw, paint, calligraphy, cut, engrave, mold, weave, faux finish. Gorgeous art or cute craft; Native American, Western, African, Oriental, modern or holiday designs -- we do it all. Professionals like Ron Pressel and Celia Shaneyfelt will teach you how! Visit the 26th ANNUAL IND. GOURD SOC. STATE SHOW -- “Red, White, and Blue Gourds!” Competitions & workshops are open to all, not just members. Gourd gurus will answer questions, sell seeds, and demo techniques using tiny tools. Enjoy our vendors, workshops, silent auction, Make It/Take It, Kids Area,and “How To” handouts. If your group needs cash, decorated gourds make great fundraisers! We will show you how. You can even grow toys for your kids with Tennessee Spinners and Cannonballs! Have you bought a loofah recently? Did you know you can grow those? Come see all the gourd art & craft we make at the Fulton Co. Historical Soc., Rochester, IN (west side of US 31 just 4 mi. north of town). FREE for Kids age 18 & under; Adults $5, Seniors (60+) $3. Open to the public Fri., May 4, 10 am - 7:30 pm & Sat., May 5, 10 am- 4 pm. More info at www.indianagourdsociety.org or contact Ida Kennedy, 219-767-2901, [email protected]. We’ll also see you at the Indiana State Fair in the Ag-Hort building! Put us on your calendar. How do I know you’ll have a great time? I heard it through the gourd vine!