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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:49 PM

    The 4-H program is well underway for 2015 and the July 17-23 4-H Fair is drawing close. This is the time of year that everyone starts to panic because they don’t have their projects completed – or started – yet. Ethel Sayler, retired Extension Office manager, heard many versions of this panic through the years and wrote a story that rings true to so many 4-H families. I was reminded of this story today when I was bringing 4-Hers home from 4-H Round Up and they were talking about their 4-H projects. As you read it, realize that you are not alone and that sometimes a little humor goes a long way.

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:35 PM

    All year long, all I can think about is the summer garden and all the fresh produce it will supply; and every year I get too excited and plant way more plants than I know what to do with. Our garden is doing well and there definitely hasn’t been a shortage of rainfall to help the produce . . . and weeds grow.  As I begin to harvest the colder weather produce like beets, I worry about being able to eat them all before they go bad. So I turn to my “So Easy to Preserve” book for safe canning recipes. Besides, the only way to eat beets is pickled. Canning can be a fun and economical way to make fresh food available year-round. 

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 7:28 PM

    So, what is the Purdue Master Gardener Program? The Purdue Master Gardener Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and provides the citizens of Indiana a chance to grow. The program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. 

  • Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:06 PM

    All Montgomery County Mini 4-Hers are invited to attend Mini 4-H Day Camp. Mini 4-H Day Camp will be held on June 18 in the 4-H Building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are requested by June 11.

    The day will be special because it is a day devoted to the Mini 4-Hers. Junior Leaders will be conducting the workshop. Each Mini 4-Her will meet new friends from throughout the county and learn from the Junior Leaders why it is so important to get and stay involved in 4-H.

    There will be many activities for the Mini 4-Hers to participate in at the Day Camp. The activities will include hands-on experience related to 4-H projects the Mini 4-Hers may be taking this year or may take next year as a 4-Her.

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:01 PM

    Memorial Day Weekend has passed and kids are out of school. This means your house may soon be a mess. Cleaning up after the kids and all their friends can be an expensive and never-ending chore. Many cleaners that can help you clean up those messes can be made in your home with products you already have. When you make these products at home, you need to know what the ingredients do and the type of base you need for the job. 

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:13 PM

    The National Garden Bureau has declared 2015 to be the Year of the Sweet Pepper! Sweet bell peppers are cultivars of Capsicum annuum. Sweet peppers are called sweet because they lack the gene that produces capsaicin - the chemical that gives hot peppers their heat.

    While the 3-4 lobed, blocky, bell-shaped peppers are most common, sweet peppers come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Other shapes of sweet peppers include elongated banana, round cherry, tapered horn and flattened "cheese" types. Most all peppers are green in color when they are immature but ripen to red, yellow, orange, white or purple as they mature. Some cultivars may show all of these colors at various stages of ripening. And many cultivars are both ornamental and edible.

    Pepper plants are easy to grow and are quite compact, making them a good fit for limited-space gardens and containers. Peppers are warm-season crops and should be planted after danger of frost has past. Many local garden centers will have transplants available, or you can start your own transplants. Start seeds about seven weeks prior to the average date of last frost for your area.  

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:40 PM

    Summer planning is well underway!.  There are many upcoming events and activities youth will want to check into for the summer. 

    Cloverbuds:  Cloverbuds is a special group for youth ages 4 and 5, who are not yet in Kindergarten (K-2 is now for Mini 4-H).  There is no cost to join.  Members will get to participate in a fun-filled workshop and they will get to participate in some special events at the 4-H Fair put on by the 4-H Jr. Leaders.  Each member will make a special project to exhibit at the 4-H Fair July 17-23.  Enrollment forms are available in the Extension Office, on our website ( and will be posted on the 4honline page of each current 4-H family.  Please have your enrollment form in by May 15.

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:34 PM
    Rain barrels can be an economical and naturally conscious way to conserve water and save money at the same time. An article from Purdue cites that you can use water collected in rain barrels to water your vegetables, lawn, and flowers while reducing your utility bills. Depending on your house and yard size, you can collect a significant amount of rainfall using your rain barrels. Estimates indicate during a one inch rain event, one downspout delivers 12 gallons of water per minute and that one rain barrel will save 1,300 gallons of water throughout the year. With rising municipal water rates and increasing drought concerns throughout the region, harvesting your own water through rain barrels is becoming more and more important and appealing.

    Rain water collection in barrels or other vessels is an ancient and traditional practice that is both efficient and economical. Rain barrels do more than save money--they can help protect the environment. Every time it rains, water gushes from your downspouts across your lawn into local streets picking up pesticides, sediment, and nutrients before flowing into local storm drains. 
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 5:13 PM
    An important aspect of development for youth is the development of a healthy self-esteem. Unfortunately, many youth do not have the supportive home environment needed to nurture a positive self-image. In these situations, it is up to adults besides the parents to provide the love, nurturing, and guidance that the children need.

    Helping youth build their self-esteem will help them to work hard to achieve their goals. This "self-esteem" refers to the feeling of worth that they have about themselves, as well as how well they like and how much they value themselves. These feelings will influence many areas of their lives, such as how well they get along with others and their emotional well-being. Children with high self-esteem tend to be more resistant to depression and other hardships.

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:04 PM
    As we start the 2015 4-H program, an aspect that needs to be remembered is the 4-H Motto: "To Make the Best Better." The point of the 4-H program, its activities, and the fair exhibits, is not that members and their projects be the best, but that 4-H members always strive to improve their abilities and skills and make their best efforts even better. The pride and satisfaction a 4-Her can gain from a job well done will affect his or her life years after the ribbons have faded and the trophies have tarnished.

    Many times in today's fast-paced world, we need to take a look back to the past in order to refocus our attention on areas of real importance. I have a collection of old newspapers containing articles my grandmother, Edna L. Legg, wrote for The Farm News. I found an article which I believe is as fitting 

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