Remember the TV show, Green Acres? Among the cast of oddball characters was bumbling extension agent Hank Kimball who made life even harder for Oliver Wendell Douglas, the erstwhile New York attorney turned very bad farmer.
That's probably as close as most suburbanites get to an extension office. So, I am here today to tell anyone interested in gardening, local foods, cooking and developing a variety of other life-enhancing skills to check out the Madison County Extension Office.
Recent gardening courses include topics such as "Late Summer and Fall Blooming Perennials," and "Summer and Fall Blooming Trees and Shrubs." The office also offers a horticulture helpline open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon. Problem petunias? Give them a call.
Kids in the Kitchen, a series of youth cooking school programs, are held in a variety of locations throughout the summer along with family nutrition classes and much more.
To learn what the University of Illinois Extension Service can do for you, click on www.extension.uiuc.edu/madisonstclair. The phone number is: 618-650-7050.
Coming up at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville:
- EarthWatch, Tuesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville. Rick Macho will share pictures and stories from his summer research trip to the Cloud Forest of South America.
- Caterpillar and Butterfly Walk, Tuesday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Watershed Nature Center. Guest speaker June Jeffries will talk about caterpillars, butterflies and moths and attendees will walk through beautiful habitats at the Watershed.
Learn more at 618-692-7578 or e-mail email@example.com.
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