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Master Gardener Course Starts Oct. 2

NDSU Master Gardener at work.
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If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a North Dakota Master Gardener volunteer in collaboration with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. This year’s Master Gardener training program will run for 10 weeks beginning Oct. 2 and ending Dec. 11. The course will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. For those who prefer traditional learning, classroom training will be conducted in Bismarck, Cooperstown, Ellendale, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Rugby, Steele, Watford City and Williston.

More details about Master Gardener training are available.

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Helping North Dakota small business owners get started, prosper and grow.

No matter how you c(Photo By Mark Moz, Flickr)lassify your business - most small businesses at some time need help so they can achieve their goals. Our task is to provide some of the help you need. This help includes providing working knowledge and information through education, developing resource provider networks to support small business owners, networking business owners and engaging business owners and other professionals in on-going discussions of issues, solutions and ideas.

Our focus is to help North Dakota small business owners and entrepreneurs get started and grow. Support will be provided to all kinds of businesses with an emphasis on rural businesses and value-added agricultural enterprises. Achieving all this will mean building partnerships and networks throughout the university, including Extension, research or teaching, North Dakota and the U.S.

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Learn more about small business support and sign up for our tools and resources newsletter .

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The Safe Way to Freeze Herbs and Zucchini

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If you have an abundance of fresh herbs and zucchini in your garden, consider freezing them for later use. Information on how to preserve your bumper crops is also abundant on the Internet, but take care in evaluating food preservation methods because many haven’t been tested for safety. See NDSU Extension’s tested methods for freezing herbs and zucchini that will have you eating safely.
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Where to Buy Local Foods

ND Local foods logoIt's the perfect time of year for fresh foods from vendors in your backyard. See what's available near you from the 2015 Local Foods Directoryand learn what to do with your fresh finds from these NDSU Extension food publications.


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Fun Sunflower Growing Project for Kids

dwarf sunflowerNDSU Extension is offering free dwarf sunflower research kits for North Dakota kids age 3 to 17. The kits will compare two varieties that grow 12 to 36 inches tall in gardens or pots, and will bloom in 60 days.The kits will include seeds, row markers, planting instructions and an evaluation sheet.

Children must evaluate the varieties for germination, plant health, earliness and beauty.

There is a limit of one kit per child and two kits per household.

Seed supplies are limited so get registered soon at Home Garden Variety Trials

Photo by Doug McAbee on Flickr

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Go Green, Go Lean, Go Whole, Go Safe, Go Clean

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July is National Picnic Month. Practice healthful eating and food safety while enjoying your meals outdoors. Also, be sure to sign up for the FoodWi$e newsletter or like the FoodWi$e Facebook Page to get helpful information on recipes, food safety, food preparation and more any time of year.

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Protect Your Children from Insect Bites - With or Without Repellent

mosquitoYou can reduce the risk of your child getting a disease like West Nile Virus by understanding how to choose a repellent and use it properly. Don't forget there are some ways to avoid bites without using repellents. Read more About Insect Repellents and Protecting Children From Insect Bites

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It's Time for a Picnic

sandwichPicnic season is upon us! Who doesn't like a tasty sandwich with a side of chips and fruit enjoyed on a blanket in the outdoors? Don't settle for plain old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - mix it up with some other ingredients you may have forgotten about. Check out 7 Steps to Creating a Sandwich  to enjoy at your summer picnics.

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Playground Safety Checklist

playground equipmentMore than 200,000 children in the U.S. visit the emergency room with playground-related injuries each year. According to a study of 19 North Dakota playgrounds, most did not meet the safety requirements for surfacing. Check to see if your playground is safe. Photo by cheriedurbin
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Home Lawn Problems and Solutions


While an attractive lawn can complement an equally attractive landscaping with trees and shrubs, one that is unkempt and weedy will be a major distraction. A good looking lawn is as important to the total landscape picture as a shined pair of dress shoes is to formal attire. The two just naturally go together. Photo by Even Long.

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