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January 4

The Extension Connection

By Megan Vig

                Happy New Year!  What are your resolutions for 2019?  If soil health and/or gardening are a part of your 2019 resolutions, be sure to add these upcoming NDSU Extension events to your calendar.

                Soil Health Café Talks will begin next week.  The café talks are open to everyone interested in soil health.  Participants lead the conversations over lunch, and NDSU specialists and researchers join the discussion in a laid back, informal environment.  There are sixteen stops scheduled over January and February around the area.  Two of those stops will be in Cooperstown, January 10th and 31st at the Coachman, starting at 11:30 am. 

The 2019 Field to Fork Webinar series start in February.  Experts from across the region will provide information about growing, processing and serving specialty-crop fruits and vegetables safely.  The weekly webinars will begin February 6th, and are held from 2 to 3 pm.  Webinars are free of charge but registration is required.  Topics to be covered are below.

                February 6: Successful Seed Starting at Home – Randy Nelson, Univ. of Minnesota Extension Educator, Home Horticulture and Agriculture Production Systems

                February 13: Hops in North Dakota: What You Need to Know Before You Get Started – Kyla Splichal, Horticulture Research Specialist, NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

                February 20: Growing Apples in North Dakota – Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension Horticulturist

                February 27: Trendy and Healthy Houseplants – Esther McGinnis, Assistant Professor and NDSU Extension Horticulturist

                March 6: Cool Fruits for Cold Climates: Selections from the Northern-Hardy Fruit Project – Kathy Weiderholt, Carrington REC Fruit Project Manager

                March 13: Let’s Not Waste Food: Exploring Food Preservation and Composting – Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist

                March 20: One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four: Best Management Practices to Produce More – Susie Thompson, Associate Professor Potato Breeding

                March 27: How to Identify, Manage and Prevent Common Diseases in Your Garden – Jesse Ostrander, Plant Diagnostician/Director

                April 3: Pollinator Gardens – Janet Knodel, Professor Plant Pathology and Esther McGinnis, Assistant Professor and NDSU Extension Horticulturist

                April 10: Getting Started with Herb Gardening – Yolanda Schmidt, NDSU Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Pierce County

                April 17: Best Practices on Health and Hygiene when Handling Foods for the Public – Julie Wagendorf, director, North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Food and Lodging

To register for these seminars, visit the Field to Fork website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork/webinars.  This project is made possible with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service.   If you are unable to view the seminars, please connect with the Extension Office at 797-3312 to make arrangements. 

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