Spring is just around the corner, planning your garden and landscape can start today! Join us for this three-part garden series, Fridays in February at the Beloit Municipal Building Trail Room from 12:10-12:45pm. Contact Cassie Homan at your local Extension Office for more details.
Nora Rhoades, Post Rock District Family and Youth Development Agent, is featured on Nex-Tech’s Extension Ed Talks. She provides insight about coping with tragedy in a world surrounded by a wide variety of technology and digital communication strategies.
This eight-week program can help you get started on the road to better health. The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program is built on simple, strength-building Exercises that will improve balance, health and state of mind. It’s not difficult or complicated, you will start at a level that’s right for you. No one is too inactive to participate. Building strength promotes quality of life and independence, especially for adults over 50. All equipment is provided.
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Sessions will be held at the following two locations beginning February 21st through April 23rd.
Jewell Christian Church
Mondays & Wednesdays
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
NCK Wellness Center
Monday & Wednesday
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost for 16 sessions is $20. No class will be held on March 26th or April 4.
Please call (785) 738-3597 for more information or to register before February 16th.
Mark your calendars now to attend one of K-State Research and Extension’s “Preserving the Family with Estate Planning” workshops set for two locations in northwest Kansas in February: Phillipsburg and Great Bend.
Thursday, February 22, will be the date for the workshop in Phillipsburg, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Phillips County Fair Building; Monday, February 26, the workshop will be presented in Great Bend, also from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Recreation Commission – Burnside Room. A meal and materials are included in the $20 registration fee, and family members can attend for an additional $15 each if registered at the same time. Early registration is due February 16th. Meals and materials cannot be guaranteed if registering late.
The Estate Planning workshops will have sessions with attorneys and experts from K-State as well as a Q & A session at the end. Sessions will cover several topics including Getting Started with Estate Planning, Estate Planning Basics, and Farm & Small Business Succession.
For more information go to www.northwest.ksu.edu under “Events” or call the Phillips-Rooks Extension District – Phillipsburg Office at 785-543-6845 or the Cottonwood Extension District – Great Bend Office at 620-793-1910.
Post Rock District is gearing up for Walk Kansas 2018, are you ready? We are excited to announce some changes and additions to this year’s program! This year Walk Kansas will provide a focus on stretching exercises and the many benefits a stretching program can provide including: a decrease in chronic pain, better circulation, improved joint mobility, efficient muscular function and enhanced posture.
Participants and teams will have the choice of registering for the challenge only for $8, registering for any challenge and a t-shirt for $17, or any challenge and a new baseball style t-shirt for $22. These are new styles of t-shirts so samples will be available in each office once registration opens on February 22nd. Your registration gets you access to the interactive Walk Kansas website, weekly newsletters to keep you motivated and on track with your goals, and chances to win Walk Kansas prizes!
This year we are adding Poker Walks in each Post Rock District county so be sure to watch for updates in our next newsletter!
Registration will begin Mid-February. Find the Walk Kansas Event on the Post Rock Extension Facebook Page to stay in the know!
Presented by: Doug Beech, Kansas 4-H Foundation Planned Giving Officer
Veteran’s Building Osborne, KS
Explore and understand tools – some familiar, some not – that will allow you to preserve and pass on your values through an estate plan. The program, hosted by the Post Rock Extension District and the Osborne County Community Foundation, will be valuable for those considering making charitable estate gifts and for charities and charity board members interested in learning about these options. Discover complete event details at www.postrock.ksu.edu.
Even though it may be cold and dreary outside, seed catalogs are starting to arrive! You can request catalogs for free from most seed suppliers. They are often shiny, colorful, and offer the latest high quality seeds. If you find the catalogs a bit overwhelming, you are not alone. Look for varieties that offer disease resistance and will do well in our summer heat.
For vegetable varieties that have been tested and proven to do well across the state of Kansas, follow this link:
For years, nutrition experts have touted the benefits of eating plant foods to combat inflammation and chronic diseases.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered the power of plant foods rich in anthocyanins may have in preventing or reducing colorectal cancer cell growth. Anthocyanins are color pigments that include purple, red, and blue hues.
The research included in vitro studies. They found that the anthocyanin extracts induced apoptosis in colorectal cancer cells. Apoptosis is essentially the destruction of cells so they die. Therefore, the growth of colon cancer is inhibited.
Foods rich in anthocyanins include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, purple corn, red cabbage, red beets, and many more.
2017 marked the second summer that the Master Gardeners conducted a Sweet Pepper Trial in the Post Rock District. A total of 69 pounds of peppers were harvested and donated to senior centers, family, and friends. The varieties that had the largest yields by weight were the Sweet Banana, Summer Sweet, and Declaration. This was the second summer in a row for the Sweet Banana and Declaration to be top producers for the Master Gardeners. The peppers with the smallest yields were Alliance and Camelot.
To read the whole pepper trial summary click the link: