By: Rebecca Konopka
Carter County Extension Agent
The Cooperative Extension Service is continuing to provide numerous opportunities for farmers, gardeners, and homeowners to learn new knowledge and skills. The offerings may not be the traditional field days, meetings, and events that we are used to, but now you can watch the virtual offerings for free from the comfort of your couch. You’ll just need a computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection.
The District 1 counties, which includes Carter County, will be hosting two series of zoom meetings – Master Haymaker and the Unexpected Pleasures of Gardening. The Master Haymaker program will occur on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 from February 1 – March 15. Topics will include Weed Control for Forages, How to Make High Quality Hay, Warm & Cool Season Forages, Soil & Soil Fertility, Marketing High Quality Hay, Machinery for Hay Production, and Baleage Production. The Gardening series will occur on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 from February 25 – March 11. The topics will include Conventional Home Gardening, Production of Small Fruit in the Home Landscape, and Annual & Perennial Flowers for the Home Landscape. Carter County participants of the Gardening Series will receive free seeds.
Free seeds are also available to those who watch the Ready, Set, Grow: The Seed Series videos on the Carter County Agriculture Extension Service Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CCESAG) on Tuesdays at noon in March. Topics will include herbs, sunflowers, hummingbirds, catnip, and watermelons.
Additional state wide online webinars include a Backyard Poultry Series (second and fourth Thursdays in February & March at 7:00 PM), From the Woods Today (Wednesdays at 11:00 AM), Horticulture Webinars (Wednesdays at 12:30 PM), and the Beef Webinars (first and third Tuesday at 8:00 PM).
Contact the Extension Office at 474-6686 to register or receive the links for any of these webinars. Like us on Facebook to find out about more upcoming virtual events and view past videos. For more information, contact the Carter County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service.