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Come to the Winter Market at the Smith Trahern Mansion this weekend

 

UT Extension OfficeClarksville, TN – Don’t let the cold weather keep you away from this week’s winter market 9:30am-1:30pm at the Smith Trahern Mansion (101 McClure Street).

Last week we had fresh bread, eggs, many vegetables, food, arts and crafts and fun.

Smith-Trahern Mansion

Smith-Trahern Mansion

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Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack visits Montgomery County UT Extension Commercial Kitchen

 

Facility has received several USDA grants, created jobs and trained hundreds

UT Extension OfficeClarksville, TN – It’s not just pie in the sky. A commercially equipped kitchen in Montgomery County is using baked goods to help small and emerging rural businesses grow and create jobs and income.

Operated jointly by University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University Extension, the kitchen has benefited from several USDA grants, and on Friday, Oct. 19, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the facility and checked out some of the products created by local culinary entrepreneurs. Vilsack stopped by following a roundtable discussion with Tennessee producers to discuss the resiliency and productivity of American agriculture and the importance of passing comprehensive food, farm and jobs legislation.

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Tis’ Summertime in Tennessee!

 

I think at this point we are wondering why our natural water has been shut off! Well, unfortunately it is just that time of year around the country and not just in Tennessee. So, with water restrictions authorized in many communities, how can we salvage our landscape and garden plants? I have a few tips for you!

The big question seems to be “how much water is required” to be sufficient? That question does not have a simple numeric answer as there are too many variables such as plant type, kind of planting medium (or soil); amount of wind, amount of foliage, size of containers, and the list goes on and on. What I can tell you is that a deep thorough watering once a week is much better than a sprinkle baptism every afternoon. You want your plants to grow deep roots, so make sure you are soaking the ground to a depth of 4 – 6 inches. Carol Reese, UT Ornamental Horticulture Specialist -Western District says to remind folks that wilting is not always a sign that plants need more water. Many plants wilt midday no matter how wet the soil or media, because the plant cannot supply moisture to the leaf as fast as it loses it through transpiration. Always check soil, do not rely on wilted foliage as signal to turn on water.

U.S. Drought Monitor for the Southeastern United States

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Montgomery County Agricultural Extension Office to hold Natural Playgrounds: Fun, Food and Learning workshop

 

A TSU Cooperative Extension Workshop

UT Extension OfficeClarksville, TN– Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr George Smith will host a workshop titled Natural Playgrounds: Fun, Food and Learning from 9:30am  – 11:30pm on January 24th 2012.

Natural Playgrounds are outdoor spaces for learning and discovery, having fun and growing things! Natural playgrounds are a proven safe, healthy alternative to traditional playground facilities.  This workshop will be interactive and will cover topics including natural playgrounds 101 (introduction), funding opportunities, planning and design of natural playgrounds, and how to start/what to expect! «Read the rest of this article»

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The 8th Grade “Your Choice, Your Future” Career Exploration day was a success

 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School SystemClarksville, TN – The second annual 8th Grade “Your Choice, Your Future” Career Exploration Day was held on Friday, November 18th at the Memorial Health Building (the Red Barn) on Austin Peay State University. 2200 Kids from 7 area middle schools took part in the event which gave them access to potential employers and educational programs.

According to Brenda Scarborough, a Career Tech Counselor for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System; “You hear kids all the time asking why they have to take this class, or that class.” then she gave an example, “If they are interested in working in a field, they can come and ask someone in that profession what they did in high school to better understand why they need to take the English, Math, and the Sciences; and it gives them a connection to their future careers. These kids start out thinking they know where their career path falls, and after they come here they know where it falls.”

A representative from the Montgomery County EMS speaks with some middle school students

A representative from the Montgomery County EMS speaks with some middle school students

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City Council meeting deals with touchy issues with finesse

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met for their regular meeting last night where they tacked a host of issues; including the the Expansion of the Winn Materials Barge Port, creating a capital project for repairs to the Smith-Trahern mansion, and a proposal to expand the number of Package Stores allowed in the city.

The Barge Port was approved, the Capital Project for Smith-Trahern Mansion was approved, and the expansion of the liquor establishments was rejected. Read on for much more! «Read the rest of this article»

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Calling all Gardeners!

 

Written by Karla Kean

UT Extension OfficeNext week I am scheduled to make salsa with the youth at Brandon Hills but our veggies are not ready yet.  If you have extra tomatoes, peppers (both hot and sweet) and onions, please drop them off at my office no later than July 19th. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods offers Earth-Friendly Solutions for Home Landscapes

 

UT Extension OfficeMontgomery County, TN – The Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods program is conducting a Home Landscape Workshop to help homeowners create attractive and healthy yards by working with Tennessee’s environment rather than against it.

A “Tennessee Yard Done Right” is beautiful, earth-friendly and saves money. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods offer earth-friendly solutions for home landscapes

 

The Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods program is conducting a Home Landscape Workshop to help homeowners create attractive and healthy yards by working with Tennessee’s environment rather than against it.

The Home Landscape Workshop will be held in Clarksville, TN. on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The six-hour workshop will begin at 8:30 AM and will be held at the Montgomery County Civic Hall, 350 Pageant Lane (near public library). The class is limited to 25 participants. The cost is $35.00 per individual, $50.00 per couple. Fees cover program costs only. The deadline for registration is April 7th, 2010.

To register, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at (931) 648-5725 or

Tennessee State University, The University of Tennessee, USDA and County Governments Cooperating. The Agriculture Extension Service offers its programs to all persons regardless to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Garden of Hope Project needs your help!

 

Vegetables aren’t the only things that grow in the Garden of Hope in Clarksville, Tennessee. Hope grows there too. The mission of the program is to grow and distribute fresh produce to local food banks and help feed hungry people in our community. Giving gardens like the Garden of Hope provides local residents opportunities to make a difference and connect to the environment. Excess produce will be distributed to local food banks to feed the hungry in Clarksville and Montgomery County. Volunteers of all ages are needed work and learn together in the Hope Garden.

Garden of Hope volunteers will plant, care for and harvest produce that will be sold to raise funds for local food programs including F.U.E.L, Loaves and Fishes and other groups feeding the hungry. «Read the rest of this article»

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