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November 2021
4-H Youth Development
So What's the Difference
4-H has many opportunities for youth to participate in, but sometimes that can leave new families a little confused. Learn about the differences between Community Clubs, Project Clubs, SPIN Clubs and workshops.

There are so many invaluable resources within 4-H and Extension as a whole. Knowing the right person to reach out to can be difficult for any family, new or seasoned. Let's learn who our resources are.
Home & Family
The Turkey Countdown
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only weeks away! If you are ready for that tasty food, let us give you a refresher of the Turkey Timeline, like when to invite guests, when to purchase certain food items and more!

Food poisoning is all too common when food isn't cooked to the right temperatures. Take the right steps by using a thermometer before you chow down!
Turkey season is upon us! Whether you buy fresh or frozen, there is a protocol to follow when defrosting and cooking. Learn how to keep your Thanksgiving dinner a food safe meal.
Saving on Household Costs
Colder weather usually brings higher electric bills, but there are also other ways to keep your household expenses low, not just electricity. If you are looking to save more money, look no further! See where you can cut costs today.
Lawn & Garden
Fallen Leaves – Trash or Treasure?
Fall leaves create work for homeowners. But you don’t always need to break your back raking and bagging. There are other options. Learn how to make the best of this yearly bounty and turn it into a treasure for the landscape.
Applying fertilizer in November is akin to squirrels packing nuts away for the winter. November fertilization is converted to stored energy, just waiting for spring. See what you need to do to ensure a lush green lawn in the spring with less mowing.
Our gardening hotline ( receives numerous questions about pruning shrubs and trees this time of year. Is it a good time or is it better to wait? Read more and see if you need the pruning saw now or later in the season. 
Fall is a great time to plant fruit trees, but depending on your winters and soil, it may be in your best interest to wait. Which planting season is best for you?
Natural Resources & Ag
Apply to Become an Extension Master Naturalist!

Applications are open for the class of 2022 Extension Master Naturalists. Come join our community of volunteers as they enhance natural resources around Johnson County through projects and outreach! 
Need a speaker? Our Extension Master Naturalists have a speaker’s bureau with presentations for all ages on a range of topics covering birds, pollinators, mammals, environment, ponds, and more. Browse our EMN speaker topics list and call the office to schedule a talk for your group. Don’t see a presentation topic you need? Call us to discuss options for development! 
Fall is a busy time of year, not only for humans but also for the neighboring wildlife.
JCEEF Annual Membership

Extension Foundation is now accepting membership forms for 2022. Being a member is a great way to support Johnson County Extension while also participating in activities like the Annual Dinner and Auction! Read their latest newsletter to get all the details and more.
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension
11811 S. Sunset Dr. Suite 1500 Olathe, KS 66061
K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913) 715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.