Category: April 2017

Food Preservation Workshop May 1st

Join us for a food preservation workshop in Lincoln on May 1st!  If you are interested in preserving your own food, you will not want to miss out on this fun filled day.  This workshop will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Rapid Response Coordinator along with Ashley Svaty.

During the workshop, participants will get hands on experience drying herbs, canning-both pressure and water-bath methods, and they will learn how to make their own jams and jellies. This workshop will be held at the United Methodist Church in Lincoln on May 1st from 9am-4pm.  Lunch and all supplies will be included with the $30 registration fee.  Pre-registration is required and due on April 24th. To register, visit any Post Rock Extension Office or register here!

By:  Ashley Svaty


Resources for Engaging the Young Child

Nora Rhoades
Family and Youth
Development Agent

The Week of the Young Child™, April 24-28, 2017, is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It focuses on celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The week provides an opportunity to share with your community the importance of early learning. Take some time to explore some excellent resources for families and educators working with young children. There’s so much children learn as they sing, cook together, build together, create art, and celebrate their families.

To access the NAEYC resources visit: 

Resource categories include:

  • Music Resources
  • Cooking and Nutrition Resources
  • Building Together
  • Open Ended Art
  • Engaging and Celebrating Families

By:  Nora Rhoades

Post Rock District is Hiring

Post Rock District has openings for a Livestock Production Agent and a Horticulture Agent.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please see below.

To view the Livestock Production Agent Position Announcement or to apply, please visit:

To view the Horticulture Agent Position Announcement or to apply, please visit:

By:  Ashley Svaty


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy in Osborne and Smith Center

Ashley Svaty
Nutrition, Food Safety
and Health Agent

Stay Strong Stay Healthy is an evidence-based program for older adults who want to improve quality of life and stay active. Over eight weeks, participants will increase their strength and improve their balance and flexibility.  Strength training has many benefits and Post Rock District is very excited to bring Stay Strong Stay Healthy to Osborne and Smith County. The exercises are easy to learn, safe, and effective.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Smith County Courthouse from 10:00-11:00am and also at the Osborne Library from 2:00-3:00 pm from May 9th-June 29th. All equipment will be provided. Registration due by May 4th with $20 registration fee. Minimum registration is required to hold classes.

Register here or visit our offices in Osborne or Smith Center.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Saving at Tax Time

Do you have plans for your tax refund? A tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Use the 30-40-30 plan to pay for your past, present and future. For more savings resources and tips on how to get the most value from your tax refund, visit America Saves at 

30-40-30 PLAN

  • PAST: Designate 30% of your refund to paying off debt and catching up on outstanding bills.
  • PRESENT: Earmark 40% for current use.
  • FUTURE: Use 30% to jumpstart an emergency fund or longer term savings.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Raise Your Hand – Kansas 4-H Alumni Campaign

Are you 4-H Grown? Prove it! Show your 4-H pride and “Raise Your Hand” to identify yourself as a 4-H Alumni. Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the state with the most alumni hands raised by June 30. Only in Kansas will the generous partner, Stanion Wholesale Electric, Co., donate $2 for each “hand raised” who registers (up to $10,000).

 Raising your hand is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Raise Your Hand: Go to to show your pride as a 4-H alum.
  2. Compete for Your State: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised, as well a $2 match from Stanion Wholesale Electric, Co.
  3. Pay It Forward: Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at

 By:  Nora Rhoades

Kansas Garden Guide

A well-planned and properly tended garden can provide food, relaxation, and enjoyment for a family throughout the year. Check out the Kansas Garden Guide for lots of information to assist you throughout the gardening season. A print version can be purchased at your local Post Rock District Office. An online version is available at:

By:  Nora Rhoades

Preventing Injury During Workouts

Adding physical activity to your routine has many benefits, but is injury-or the fear of injury holding you back?  Use these tips from The American Heart Association to prevent injury during your workouts, but as always when beginning a new exercise routine, talk with your doctor.

Start low and go slow with supportive, well-fitting, cushioned athletic shoes. Increase your walking time or distance by 10 to 20 percent each week. Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles to avoid the wear and tear that can contribute to injuries.

Avoid blisters by wearing the correct socks. Studies have shown that synthetic fiber socks decrease blisters compared to cotton socks.

Prevent shin splints by wearing athletic shoes with adequate support and cushioning and gradually increasing your walking mileage and pace. Be sure and stretch your calves (both straight and bent knee) after walking.

If you experience knee pain when you exercise, talk to your doctor. You may need a new pair of walking shoes with better support or cushioning. You may also benefit from strengthening and/or stretching exercises targeting the muscles that support the knee and hip

Access the full article here:

By:  Ashley Svaty

Household Products Database

What’s under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? The Household Products Database is an online resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and it will help you learn more about what’s in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling. The Database can be accessed at:

By:  Nora Rhoades

You Asked It!

The April issue of You Asked It! is available now! Karen Blakeslee from the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center writes this monthly newsletter based on current food related topics. Find more about the following topics in the latest issue found here:

  • New Whole Grain Stamp
  • Canning Timer & Checklist App
  • Is Your Pet Obese?
  • National Walking Day 2017
  • National Festival of Breads
  • Defining Clean Eating
  • Looking for Clear Jel?
  • Food Preservation Classes
  • Add Lamb to Spring Meals
  • Spring Foods

By:  Ashley Svaty