By: Rebecca Konopka
Carter County Extension Agent
If you would like to learn more about gardening from University of Kentucky experts and industry professionals, there is a weekly opportunity that might interest you. Lunch and Learn horticulture webinars take place weekly on Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., EST via Zoom.
The program grew out of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when extension horticulture agents were looking for ways to reach out to the public. Former Barren County extension horticulture agent Andrea Stith came up with the idea and got her extension horticulture colleagues on board and now the weekly webinar is continuing into its third year. Stith has since moved away from Kentucky to Oregon, but the Webinar Wednesdays found an audience and is still going strong.
During the height of the pandemic, Webinar Wednesdays attracted up to 200 people for each program. With that demand for gardening information, horticulture agents decided to continue the weekly gatherings. You must register in advance for the weekly program by going to kentuckyhortnews.com. There are 71 archived programs from the first two seasons that you may access any time by visiting kentuckyhortnews.com. You may also see the upcoming program topics for the current month.
Contact the Carter County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service for more information on Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays. Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
- The Grayson Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until sell out. The market is located in the shed behind the Extension Office. The Olive Hill Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 8:00 AM and Mondays at 3:00 PM until sell out each day. The Olive Hill market is located in the Save-a-Lot parking lot.
- Hay sampling is underway now for the East KY Hay Contest. Call 474-6686 by September 19th to request sampling.
- Little Sandy Beekeepers Meeting – Tuesday, September 6th @ 6:00 at the Carter County Extension Office
- Farm & Family Field Day – Thursday, September 8th @ Matt & Tracy Prichard’s Farm in Willard. Registration starts at 4:30 and the walking tour begins at 6:00. For more information contact the Extension Office at 474-6686.