Purdue Extension - Porter County

Purdue Extension - Porter County The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-based information and education.
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We couldn't say this any better than Rachel here, so we will share her words. Have yourself a safe evening however you c...
12/31/2020

We couldn't say this any better than Rachel here, so we will share her words. Have yourself a safe evening however you choose to usher in 2021. You all mean the world to us. We look forward to "seeing" you back here next Monday, January 4, bright and early. Have a fantastic holiday and weekend. #HappyNewYear2021

Free event. Registration in advance required. Click on the event for all of the details.
12/30/2020
Porter County Master Gardeners

Free event. Registration in advance required. Click on the event for all of the details.

Join us Saturday, January 23, 2021 for a Special Online Event with Brie Arthur!

Register in advance for this meeting:https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdu-tpzkqE9JUsRdXhCNXu2F4XXB5oOoMAft...
12/30/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: My Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdu-tpzkqE9JUsRdXhCNXu2F4XXB5oOoM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and the Zoom link.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: My Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

12/24/2020
Happy Holidays 2020

Have safe and happy holidays as we end this 2020 year. Among all of the challenges, we hope it has also enabled opportunities for growth, insight, and joy. We know it has for us. Merry Christmas. 🎅

See you next Monday morning, bright and early.

SCAM ALERT! Did you know? This holiday season (and year-round), gift cards are on scammers’ wish lists. Scammers always ...
12/22/2020
New tools to fight gift card scams

SCAM ALERT! Did you know? This holiday season (and year-round), gift cards are on scammers’ wish lists. Scammers always have a reason for you to pay them immediately with a gift card. And they often tell you which card to buy and which store to visit. Current brand of choice? It was Google Play and iTunes, but eBay has claimed the uncoveted top spot.

This is pressing because the FTC’s data show that, nationwide, gift cards are a top way that people report paying most scammers. People tell the FTC that, since 2018, they’ve paid almost $245 million to scammers, with a median loss of $840.

If you’re a retailer (or even if you visit one), you can download, print, and share these materials in your store and community.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/12/new-tools-fight-gift-card-scams?utm_source=govdelivery

This holiday season (and year-round), gift cards are on scammers’ wish lists.

Scams are abundant. Here’s some situations to watch out for in regards to Coronavirus. Note the last one regarding donat...
12/21/2020
Coronavirus Advice for Consumers

Scams are abundant. Here’s some situations to watch out for in regards to Coronavirus. Note the last one regarding donations and gift cards. More on that in a near-future post. In the meantime, check out this list. And share with your friends and family.

https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams-consumer-advice

The official website of the Federal Trade Commission, protecting America’s consumers for over 100 years.

Virtual MASTER GARDENER class coming to a screen near you. Click this link for schedule, fee, and further details. If yo...
12/19/2020
Virtual Purdue Extension Master Gardener Basic Training – Statewide | Purdue University Extension Master Gardener Program

Virtual MASTER GARDENER class coming to a screen near you. Click this link for schedule, fee, and further details. If you would like an application, please request one via email at: [email protected]

https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/master-gardener/events/virtual-purdue-extension-master-gardener-basic-training-statewide-2/

The Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program will hold a statewide virtual Extension Master Basic Gardener Training on Wednesdays, March 3 through June 2, 2021, from 1:30-3:30 PM ET / 12:30-2:30 PM CT via live webinars. Final exam given after June 2. There will also be a weekly local connectio...

Looking for Stocking Stuffer Ideas?! Look no further...and we would love to hear your ideas as well. Our ideas today inc...
12/18/2020

Looking for Stocking Stuffer Ideas?! Look no further...and we would love to hear your ideas as well.

Our ideas today include:

SNACKS:
package of crackers
trail mix
nuts
jerky
freeze-dried fruit

KITCHEN:
new plastic gloves
tongs
spatula
even laundry bags are useful

KIDS:
activity books
miniature dominos
small cars and a track

Some additional useful items are:
individual super glue tubes
an extra-strong glue stick
a little package of bungee cords

And because Covid is still among us:
sanitizing spray
hand sanitizer
and maybe a mask

Happy Shopping!

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one who is into gardening? Or perhaps you’d like to treat yourself?To learn mor...
12/18/2020
Get Growing with Purdue Extension

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one who is into gardening? Or perhaps you’d like to treat yourself?

To learn more about the program, visit:
https://puext.in/GetGrowingInfo
or email [email protected]

You can register for the program at:
https://puext.in/GetGrowingRegister

https://ag.purdue.edu/stories/podcast/get-growing-with-purdue-extension/

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one who is into gardening? Or perhaps you’d like to treat yourself? Join Purdue Extension Educators for a live virtual series of programs in early 2021 that will address common topics in gardening. This series is designed for those that want to learn a

12/18/2020
Purdue Extension

Did you know all 92 counties in Indiana have an Extension office? Here’s a glimpse at what we do.

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Happy #IndianaDay to all 92 counties! To celebrate, let’s look at how Purdue Extension is Indiana’s educational partner for life – from your small steps to #TheNextGiantLeap.

Purdue Extension - Porter County's cover photo
12/17/2020

Purdue Extension - Porter County's cover photo

12/17/2020
Wondering how to choose the best type of tree for your home? Is smell the most important factor? Or color? Need support ...
12/16/2020
Picking out a real Christmas Tree

Wondering how to choose the best type of tree for your home? Is smell the most important factor? Or color? Need support for heavy ornaments? Or do you prefer soft needles? Want a potted one to transplant outside later? Timing and care are important factors.

Phil Woolery, Purdue Extension-Starke County’s Ag and Natural Resources educator, discusses features of common trees grown in Indiana, the benefits of choosing live trees, as well as care instructions.

In this video I go over the different features of common Christmas trees grown in Indiana. I also cover some care instructions for Christmas trees

12/15/2020
Some excellent information here about how to spot and avoid scams, deceit, and fraud common this time of year.https://ww...
12/14/2020
December 2020

Some excellent information here about how to spot and avoid scams, deceit, and fraud common this time of year.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/archive/202012

Spot and avoid scams and unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices with tips from the FTC, America’s consumer protection agency.

12/14/2020
Give the course as a gift (or ask for it for Christmas!) with this link: https://puext.in/DIYLawncareRegister. You'll re...
12/12/2020

Give the course as a gift (or ask for it for Christmas!) with this link: https://puext.in/DIYLawncareRegister. You'll receive a printable certificate to give the recipient!

Want a greener, healthier lawn?
Issues with insects, diseases, pests?
Needing to renovate or reseed?

Join us for this series and receive info on the turf basics necessary to lay the groundwork for a healthy lawn.

Further info and registration at: https://puext.in/DIYLawncareRegister

12/11/2020
Farm Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them WellFarm women are generating a cultural tide in American...
12/11/2020

Farm Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well

Farm women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. During Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project, a six-week course, is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting, and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It's a relaxed, fun, and dynamic way to learn, grow, and meet other farm women.
Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets, and other necessary skills are vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.

Purdue Extension is pleased to be offering classes beginning February 23, 2021 and ending March 30, 2021.

Choose from two virtual offerings:
Tuesday mornings, 8am – 11am Central (9am – Noon Eastern)
or
Tuesday afternoons, Noon – 3pm Central (1pm – 4pm Eastern)

The cost for the virtual course is $65 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. We recommend registering early. Registration ends February 9, 2021.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/PUAP21

Linda, an Annie’s Project alumna says, “I took the class to gain a better understanding about agribusiness and how financial decisions impact our farm operation. I have a better understanding of balance sheets and the futures market…this class has improved communication with my spouse on concerns he works with on a daily basis.”

For more information contact:
Jenna Nees 765-653-8411 [email protected]
or
Bryan Overstreet 219-866-5741 [email protected]

More information: www.AnniesProject.org

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Beginning Farmer - How to Plan, Support and Grow your FarmAre you a farmer, but eager to enhance and improve your manage...
12/10/2020

Beginning Farmer - How to Plan, Support and Grow your Farm

Are you a farmer, but eager to enhance and improve your management practices? Are you interested in starting a farm, but unsure of how to get started or where you can find help?

Purdue Extension’s online Beginning Farmer Workshop can help put you on a path to success!

During the series (January 12 – March 4) you’ll learn about:
• Realities of starting a farm
• Assessing your farming assets
• Defining realistic goals
• Creating feasible plans to achieve your goals

Outside the weekly workshop sessions, you’ll complete individual work to give you a clear perspective on planning farm projects and moving forward with confidence!

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Purdue Extension Educators on a range of topics including: asset mapping, goal setting, finding resources, and more.

The workshop includes 7 sessions held from 6pm - 7:30pm Central, 7pm - 8:30pm Eastern.

Participants register for the entire program, not individual sessions.

To learn more about the program, including registration and refund policies, visit https://www.cvent.com/d/77q6zz

Pre-registration is required with payment due by January 8, 2021, 10:59pm Central, 11:59pm Eastern.

The program fee of $48 is payable by credit card on our secure server.

•Session 1 –Vision/Mission Statements -1/21
•Session 2 –Biophysical Assets -1/28
•Session 3 –Financial and Economic Assets - 2/4
•Session 4 –Social Cultural Assets & Opportunities and Challenges To Your Farm - 2/11
•Session 5: Setting Goals - 2/18
•Session 6: Feasible Action Plans - 2/25
•Session 7: Forming Projects & Wrap-Up – 3/4

If you require special accommodations to attend this event or have any questions about this event, please email Amy Thompson– [email protected].

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equall access/affirmative action institution.

Looking for a gift for your “sunshine, outdoors, lawn care” kind of friend? This could be the perfect choice!
12/02/2020

Looking for a gift for your “sunshine, outdoors, lawn care” kind of friend? This could be the perfect choice!

Want a greener, healthier lawn?
Issues with insects, diseases, pests?
Needing to renovate or reseed?

Join us for this series and receive info on the turf basics necessary to lay the groundwork for a healthy lawn.

Further info and registration at: https://puext.in/DIYLawncareRegister

Clear communication is key to building trust and easing anxiety.
11/30/2020

Clear communication is key to building trust and easing anxiety.

#familiestogethercommunity #family #resilience

11/26/2020
Stocking Stuffer Ideas...because 2020...🤷‍♀️
11/25/2020

Stocking Stuffer Ideas...because 2020...🤷‍♀️

Just 2 more sleeps 'til T-Day! Ever cooked a turkey? Cooked one recently? A few reminders may be in order to ensure ever...
11/24/2020

Just 2 more sleeps 'til T-Day! Ever cooked a turkey? Cooked one recently? A few reminders may be in order to ensure everyone's safety and sanity. If you can relate, here ya' go:

Set the oven temperature to at least 325°F. Place the completely thawed turkey in a roasting pan that is 2 to 2-1/2 inches deep. Cooking times will vary depending on the weight of the turkey.

Use a food thermometer to make sure the turkey has reached a safe internal temperature of 165°F. Check by inserting a food thermometer into the center of the stuffing and the thickest portions of the breast, thigh, and wing joint. Even if your turkey has a pop-up temperature indicator, you should still use a food thermometer to check that it is safely cooked.

To keep that yummy juice in, let the turkey stand 20 minutes before removing all stuffing from the cavity and carving the meat.

For more info on cooking times: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/poultry-preparation/turkey-basics-safe-cooking/ct_index

It's always the little things, isn't it?
11/24/2020

It's always the little things, isn't it?

Following four simple steps at home-- clean, separate, cook, and chill-- can help protect you and your loved ones from f...
11/23/2020

Following four simple steps at home-- clean, separate, cook, and chill-- can help protect you and your loved ones from food poisoning. (ps: See the correct graphic in the comments...oops!)
:)

For more info: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html

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