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SunflowerNDSU Extension is offering free dwarf sunflower research kits for North Dakota kids age 3 to 17. This is a great opportunity for youth to get involved in a home garden variety trial!  The sunflower research kits will compare two varieties of sunflowers 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 register as soon as possible at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/homegardenvarietytrials/.

According to information on the National Sunflower Association website, sunflowers are recognized worldwide for their beauty.  Sunflowers are vibrant, strong plants that are also an important source of food.  Sunflower oil is a healthy vegetable oil, and sunflower seeds are enjoyed as a healthy, tasty snack and nutritious ingredient in recipes.

Personally, I enjoy sprinkling sunflower kernels on top of tossed and chef salads, and using them in recipes such as Broccoli-Raisin-Grape-Bacon Salad.  And of course snacking on the seeds while camping! 

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